Two Houston County Courthouse employees test positive for COVID-19; says anyone who entered courthouse should watch for symptoms


HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) – Several Houston County Courthouse offices are closed this week after two individuals who work inside the building tested positive for COVID-19.

In an administrative order released to WDHN News Sunday afternoon, Acting Circuit Judge Henry Binford ordered the courthouse closed along with all in-person hearings.

The order runs through 5pm Friday, July 10, with some notable exceptions.

Absentee voting will be conducted in the lobby of the Houston County Courthouse, according to the order.

“Every effort has been made to notify individuals who work at the courthouse who came in close contact with these individuals, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” the order stated.

Those who have been inside the Courthouse recently “should watch for symptoms,” and if any develop, the order urges those individuals to “see a doctor immediately or self-quarantine for at least 14 days.”

See the full order here:

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story stated the courthouse will be closed. Only certain offices will be closed. This clarification was made by Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver.

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