Monroe, GA – On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Chairman Kevin Little announced the closing of all Walton County Offices for cleaning and decontamination due to some Walton County employees testing positive for COVID-19. The office will close at 3 p.m. today and will not reopen for business until Monday, July 6.
“During this closure, the Walton County Board of Commissioners and the Walton County Emergency Management Agency will be reviewing suggestions from GEMA and the Department of Public Health (DPH) and will put measures in place for the reopening of Walton County Offices beginning Monday, July 6, 2020. Walton County continues to make the safety of the County’s citizens and employees its top priority during this time,” Walton County government announced in a press release.
This comes in the wake of the positive COVID-19 tests received by some judges and staff members in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit which covers both Walton and Newton County. The Walton County courts and district attorney’s office is housed in the Walton County Government buildings on Hammond Drive in Monroe. Superior Court Judge John Ott announced on Tuesday that he and some other judges and staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 and on Wednesday morning, Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson, Jr. passed away after getting a positive result on Monday. Ott immediately put out an emergency decree shutting down both courts until July 15, 2020.
“Walton County’s Emergency Management Agency has been communicating with the Governor’s Office and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) concerning County operations. GEMA will be cleaning Newton and Walton County facilities extensively tonight and on Thursday, July 2, 2020,” the press release continued.