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3 people possibly sickened by mold cleanup at Spartanburg Co. Courthouse

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Mold in the Spartanburg County Courthouse (Source: Hope Blackley) Mold in the Spartanburg County Courthouse (Source: Hope Blackley)
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Spartanburg County’s Clerk of Court said three people received medical treatment after possibly being sickened by the mold remediation underway at the county courthouse.

Mold was first discovered in the courthouse in August 2016. Mold was also found in two other county-owned buildings in 2017.

PHOTOSMold discovered at Spartanburg Co. Courthouse

Clerk of Court Hope Blackley said three people complained of nose bleeds, headaches, dizziness, and one complained of difficulty breathing after being in two family courtrooms where mold removal had been underway. She said they sought medical treatment, but she did not know what diagnoses the doctors determined.

“I asked them to put all their concerns in writing,” said Blackley, “Let’s try to get back to business as usual because if this is any indication we’ve got three or four years before we move into a new facility. We have to be able to get through these days of mold testing and air quality testing.”

For now, the staff has been moving into different offices because of mold remediation. On Monday, the mold issues caused nine areas in the courthouse to be sealed off for remediation.

Blackley said a solution is on the horizon, but not soon enough for some employees. But until then, she says they will continue mold remediation and testing as well as moving staff into areas where the tests come back as "safe".

Earlier in November, Spartanburg County voters approved a penny sales tax hike to fund the construction of a new, multi-million-dollar courthouse and government center. Officials said it will be years before the new courthouse is built and ready to use.

PREVIOUSLY: Nontoxic mold closes parts of Spartanburg Co. Courthouse

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