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Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Walker County Courthouse is located in Lafayette, Ga.

The Walker County Courthouse in LaFayette, Georgia, is closed to the public until Monday after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

Superior Court Chief Justice Kristina Cook Graham signed an order to close the building Thursday at noon.

The court will be cleaned and sanitized before opening back up.

The LaFayette courthouse is the second one to close this week in Northwest Georgia. The Chattooga County Courthouse had to close Monday after three judges tested positive over the span of a few days.

The courthouse in LaFayette serves as the offices for Probate Court, the Clerk of Courts, State Solicitor, Juvenile Court and other functions.

Graham's order says essential business that can be done online or by phone will continue through the closure.

As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 504 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Walker County with 14 deaths and 25 hospitalizations. Of the 504 cases, 141 have come in the last three weeks and 93 cases came from the NHC nursing home in Rossville.

The Walker County Board of Elections and Registration office will stay open and early in-person voting on the ground floor at the courthouse will continue for the Aug. 11 runoff. The election office will be open Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact Patrick Filbin at pfilbin@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.

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