Court #1 is on the 8th floor of the CJC, so the response was to recommend shutting down all courts on the 8th Floor.
Now, you can call me overly critical, but I'm not real sure what closing down the 8th floor does. I'm going to guess the prosecutor didn't walk up the stairs to the 8th floor. I'm sure he or she took the elevator with a group of other people. I'm sure he or she came in the front door and walked through the lobby to get there too. Closing down the 8th floor at this point does about as much good as putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound.
Stunningly, the e-mail points out that the recipient of the e-mail the District Attorney's Office because they may need the space at Jefferson (the current District Attorney's Office) sanitized.
You mean, you may want to check to see about sanitizing the area where the possibly infected prosecutor worked alongside a few hundred of his or her fellow employees? Those employees that may have spent more time around that prosecutor after court because good old Kim Ogg and Vivian "Business As Usual" King wouldn't let non-essential prosecutors work from home.
It has been reported that they now have a guy in a HAZMAT suit of some sort checking people's temperature as they enter the CJC this morning.
Did it occur to them that what they should be doing is letting the people trying to come into the building know about the potential exposure? The idea of taking folks' temperature when they come in is to prevent COVID-19 from coming into the building. Ed Wells' e-mail indicates that it is possibly already there.
They are warning the wrong damn people.
I want it to sink in that the prosecutor who may have potentially exposed the populous of the CJC to COVID-19 is a misdemeanor prosecutor. A misdemeanor prosecutor handling the lowest level of crimes. The vast majority of the misdemeanor courts aren't even holding dockets. Arguably, he or she should have been one of the first people told that they could work from home. If that had happened, maybe the CJC wouldn't be going through this.
Yet Kim Ogg and Vivian "Business as Usual" King still steadfastly refused to make any arrangements for the Office that allowed its employees to distance themselves from each other, protecting their own health and the health of their families.
And Vivian King had the nerve to be angry at me when I said she was the last person who should be handling a crisis for the Office.
On a related note, has anyone heard anything from Kim Ogg directly lately? All of the information coming from the Office seems to be coming from King, JoAnne Musick, and Jim Leitner. Has Press Conference Kim suddenly become camera shy?
All of this is absolutely infuriating. While the rest of the world, the rest of the country, the rest of the State and County, took drastic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Harris County District Attorney's Office's only response was to put hand sanitizer on backorder and literally, tell the employees that it was "business as usual."
I mean, the Ogg Administration established very early on that it didn't care much about or for its employees, but this has jumped over into a lack of concern about the general public.
The fact that this is happening is inexcusable.