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18th Cook County chief judge’s office employee tests positive for COVID-19

The employee works at the Adult Probation Department on the lower level at the Leighton Criminal Court Building and last reported for work on April 16.

One court employee and one resident at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Jan. 8.
An employee at the Adult Probation Department on the lower level at the Leighton Criminal Court Building has contracted the coronavirus.
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The Office of the Chief Judge of Cook County announced Friday another employee tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in that office to 18.

The employee works at the Adult Probation Department on the lower level at the Leighton Criminal Court Building and last reported for work on April 16, Office of the Chief Judge of Cook County Spokesperson Pat Milhizer said.

The areas where the employee worked received a deep cleaning and anyone who came into contact with them is being informed, Milhizer said.

On Tuesday, officials announced two detainees at the detention center had contracted the virus, bringing the tally of residents at the facility with positive tests to three.

As of Tuesday, the detention center housed 158 detainees, a decline from 210 on March 15, Milhizer said. Nine of the 158 detainees have been granted release by a judge but they remain in custody while awaiting placement by the Illinois Department of Children and Family services.