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At Rowan County Courthouse, it’s business as usual despite flu circulation

Staff report

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Courthouse has continued to see an influx of people in and out of its courtrooms despite the flu that has been circulating among employees.

Clerk of Court Jeff Barger said he’s had two employees who were diagnosed with the flu and who are out sick this week. He had one employee that had flu-like symptoms, but tests confirmed that person does not have the flu.

Barger said he has a staff of 40 and only a few people have been out sick despite the spread of the virus elsewhere.

Courthouse personnel haven’t done anything different than normal during the cold season, except use more hand sanitizer, he said.

Visiting Superior Court Judge Lori Hamilton was diagnosed with the flu last week and returned to court this week after her fever broke. She came to court earlier this week wearing a mask and gloves and warned the courtroom crowd that she had been diagnosed with the flu.

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