Since March, the county’s common pleas division has added precautions, including masks being mandatory in the hallways and a camera that takes the temperature of all who enter at the security check point. During the lockdown, many cases were put on hold or moved through phone conferences. Trials are now held in a special courtroom fitted for coronavirus safety.
Butler County continues to remain among the top Ohio counties with the highest occurrences of the novel coronavirus.
The state’s seventh-largest county has 199.9 per capita cases, or 766, over the past two weeks, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called the numbers among the top 20 counties “very alarming.”
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that counties should have 50 per capita cases or fewer.
On Thursday, the county remained at Level 3, or red level, of the state’s color-coded public health advisory system for the sixth straight week. The county is one of 18 red-level counties, which is the highest number of Level 3 counties since July 23. Nearly the entire state is either at Level 3 or Level 2, or orange level. There are 12 counties at the Level 1, or yellow level, which represents roughly 4 percent of the state.
Staff Writer Michael Pitman contributed to this report