Deputy's positive COVID-19 case leads to Athens-Clarke County judicial emergency

A Superior Court judge has declared a judicial emergency after an Athens-Clarke County deputy tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials say the deputy worked regularly at the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse.

The positive test led Superior Court Chief Judge Eric Norris to issue an order declaring the emergency and closing the courthouse.

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The courthouse will be closed until Monday, July 20 at 8 a.m. During the closure, the staff will thoroughly clean the entire area.

Officials say some of the courts will remain "minimally open" to address essential functions.

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