Ada County Courthouse evacuated after employee's spouse tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 1:09 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 16:20:30-04

BOISE, Idaho — UPDATE: Ada County officials say it was a spouse of an Ada County employee who tested positive for the coronavirus which promoted the Courthouse to be evacuated Friday afternoon.

The Courthouse will be closed for the reminder of the day, as maintenance crews clean the interior of the building.

Most County departments were already operating with minimal staffs (as employees work remotely), so there were only several dozen employees physically working in the Courthouse at the time the decision was made to evacuate.

The Ada County Commissioners, the Ada County Clerk and the Administrative District judge ordered the evacuation, she added.

“Last Friday, the Ada County operations staff who handles building maintenance implemented a plan for possible hospital-grade deep cleaning should something like this were to happen,” Duncan explained. “That cleaning process is now in effect.

It is unknown if the Courthouse will be open Monday.


The Ada County Courthouse was evacuated shortly before 1 p.m. Friday after a person “…who had recently been in the Courthouse tested positive for the coronavirus,” according to Ada County spokesperson Elizbeth Duncan.

Those in the Courthouse have gathered on the sidewalk along front Street in front of the building.

“County offices have been functioning with minimal staff since last Friday” Duncan said. “Most office staff members have been working remotely since that time.”

It is unknown at this point how long the evacuation will last.

We will bring you more information as it become available.