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Summit County judge quarantined after Italy trip because of coronavirus concern

Akron Beacon Journal - 3/2/2020

A Summit County judge who just returned from Italy is under quarantine because of concern about the coronavirus.

Judge Alison McCarty flew back Sunday night from a 10-day trip to Italy. She called public health officials on Monday morning and found out she must be quarantined, possibly for as long as two weeks.

Though the judge has no symptoms, her daughter, with whom she traveled, is ill. Her daughter also has been quarantined, according to court officials.

McCarty was scheduled to handle the arraignment of Shaquille Anderson, who was convicted in the shooting death of an University of Akron student during a pizza-shop robbery and has now been indicted in two other fatal robberies.

Patricia Cosgrove, a visiting judge who retired from the Summit County Common Pleas Court bench, handled the arraignment Monday morning for McCarty.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that travelers avoid nonessential travel to Italy because of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

This is a developing story. Read more later today on and in Tuesday's paper.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705, and on Twitter: @swarsmithabj.


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