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Portions of the Cumberland County courthouse in Fayetteville have been closed, after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Cumberland County officials said the Clerk of Court’s office and the District Court were closed Friday.

Other functions of the courthouse remained open, officials said, and the Clerk of Court’s office will reopen Monday. District Court will remain closed likely until August 3, according to acting Chief District Court Judge Toni King. Any District Court matters scheduled for the week of July 27 will be continued and notices will be mailed.

Questions should be directed to the District Court office at 910-475-3012.

The announcement comes as the percent of positive COVID-19 cases in Cumberland County has shot up above the state average. With 246 new cases and one death since Monday, Cumberland County is now at 10 percent positive cases in the two-week average. The North Carolina average is around 9 percent. Official recommendations say that cases should be no higher than 5 percent.

“Over the past two weeks we have seen daily positive cases increase in Cumberland County. I am concerned with these numbers,” said Health Director Dr. Jennifer Green. “This is not the time to relax our precautions in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We must all follow the recommendations to combat this pandemic and save lives.”

There have now been 2,257 confirmed positive cases in Cumberland County, and 49 deaths. The most recent death was a person in their 40s who had underlying health conditions, the county said.

Fayetteville State University CARES Community Testing Events

In addition to Cumberland County Health Department COVID-19 test collections, FSU is coordinating community testing across the state and have added testing dates through September. View locations and dates on the Cumberland County Testing and Collection website. Anyone interested in FSU CARES Community Testing should call (910) 672-2545.

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Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.