The Floyd County Courthouse will reopen as planned on Monday, June 22 at 8 a.m. following a two-week closure due to COVID-19 positive cases among 7 staff members. As of Friday afternoon, there have been no other positive cases reported, according to Logan Boss with NW Georgia Department of Public Health. When the Courthouse reopens, all persons entering the Courthouse will be required to wear a facemask.
Friday update from Chief Judge J. Bryant Durham:
In accordance with the THIRD ORDER EXTENDING DECLARATION OF STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY entered by the Honorable Harold D. Melton, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, on June 12, 2020, the Judges of the Superior Court of Floyd County have developed Operating Guidelines to address how expanded in-court proceedings will be conducted to protect the health of litigants, lawyers, court personnel, judges and the public. These guidelines have been submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts and they will be posted at https://georgiacourts.gov/covid-19-court-operating-guidelines/. The public is advised to pay particular attention to the following excerpt from the guidelines relating to entry into the Floyd County Courthouse:
FACE MASKS REQUIRED
All persons entering the Courthouse or Courthouse Annex will be required to wear a face mask. Floyd County Government may supply face masks to some individuals to meet the requirements, but it is anticipated that there will be insufficient face masks available to supply all persons who appear at the Courthouse without their own face masks. Entrance to the Courthouse and Annex may be denied to any individual without a face mask if there is no mask available to be supplied by the County.
The complete guidelines are also now available on the County website www.RomeFloyd.com,
Chief Superior Court Judge J. Bryant Durham has signed the order closing the Floyd County Courthouse through Sunday, June 21, with tentative plans to reopen on Monday, June 22. In the order, Durham touches on all the points posted here Sunday evening:
- Judges and staff of probate court.
- Almost all the staff of the clerk’s office already in quarantine.
- Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the courthouse.
- Two of four superior court judges and some of their staff are in quarantine.
- The presiding judge will be available daily for protective orders and related needs.
- First appearance hearings will continue via video from the Floyd County Jail.
- Juvenile court will operate remotely.
The signed order is below.
Also: 7 confirmed cases at the courthouse. That number has not changed since Saturday and was updated as of Monday afternoon. It could change as employees continue to get tests.