LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Five District Court marshals in Las Vegas recently tested positive for COVID-19.
District Court marshals work at the Regional Justice Center, screening visitors and working inside of courtrooms.
Court officials initially declined to confirm any positive cases after a report by another news organization last week.
They responded with the following:
The court is prohibited by law from commenting on specific employee health and medical matters.
Positive tests are reported to Clark County risk management. Due to the fact that we are dealing with people’s private health information, we must be mindful not to violate privacy protections.
As we are notified of cases, we notify employees with potential exposure, that they may have been exposed and ask them to stay home and consider testing.
The Health Department is doing contact tracing when anyone tests positive, and sends a notification to those they believe are at risk. If anyone receives a letter from the Health District, that letter must be followed.
To reduce the potential for exposure, employees who can work from home are encouraged to do so, both to limit exposure and to limit the number of people in court facilities.
A District Court administrative order requires that all those who enter courthouse facilities wear a mask and practice social distancing.
However, after being pressed for an answer by 13 Action News because marshals interact with many members of the public, they confirmed that 5 marshals have tested positive.
No other information about the marshals and their current conditions was given.