Some in Newton, Walton County court system test positive for COVID-19

It was confirmed on Tuesday that a couple of judges in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit have tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to work remotely for at least two weeks. Chief Judge John Ott reportedly confirmed his diagnosis with the Walton Tribune.

Acting District Attorney Randy McGinley said he is aware that there are some other staff members in the Newton County office who have also tested positive, but he is not aware of anyone outside of judges in Walton County who have tested positive.

“Nobody in the DA’s office in Walton County has tested positive. We did have one person in our office who was quarantined for two weeks. McGinley said. They had been around someone else that had tested positive so we required that they stay out for two weeks.”

This comes on the heels of Gov. Brian Kemp extending the Public Health Emergency until Aug. 11 and planning a tour to encourage the use of facemasks. In response to the governors order, the City of Monroe has postponed its July Fourth fireworks.


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