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Court closed for cleaning, deputies test positive for virus

PORTSMOUTH (AP) The Portsmouth courthouse was closed temporarily for cleaning after two deputies tested positive for the coronavirus.

The courthouse was to be sanitized before reopening out of an abundance of caution, the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office said in an April 2 post on Facebook.

An April 1 order signed by Chief Judge Kenneth R. Melvin of Portsmouth Circuit Court said the clerk’s office would be closed through April 6. The sheriff’s office said the office would reopen April 8, according to a Facebook post.

The closure came after a third Portsmouth sheriff’s deputy was tested for the virus and was waiting for results, Lt. Col. Marvin Waters told news outlets.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

Updated April 8 to include new information on reopening.

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