Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson said Monday that a sheriff’s department employee who provides security at the main entrance to the courthouse has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a memo to county employees and the public, Robinson said the employee was last at work on Wednesday, June 17th and is currently in quarantine.

It remains unknown when or where the virus was contracted, Robinson said in the memo. As a precaution, the Sheriff’s Department is disinfecting the building tonight using specialized equipment and chemicals, and the Courthouse will continue to remain open during regular business hours by appointment only.

Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the appropriate county department prior to arrival. Visitors will be required to wear masks and temperature readings will be taken using a non-contact thermometer.  All persons are advised to practice physical distance guidelines whenever possible on Courthouse grounds by adhering to six feet of separation from other groups of people not traveling with them.

Contact information for each county department is listed on the county website at

I strongly advise that citizens conduct business by phone or online with the county whenever possible, Robinson said in the memo. Our prayers are with the employee during this time along with everyone battling coronavirus across the state, nation and our world.

Thank you for your patience and your cooperation.