Two Madison County Courthouse employees tested positive for coronavirus. One of the employees is hospitalized and the other is self-isolating at home.
The county says the Madison County Courthouse has approximately 450 employees that work there on a daily basis in normal operating conditions.
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong said they acted quickly to close the courthouse last month. Up to 5,000 people can go through it everyday, and with people filing into elevators and courtrooms, the county didn’t want to take any risks.
Strong also said since coronavirus hit North Alabama, the county has been monitoring its budget. He said they're working with the hospitals in the area, paramedics, Redstone Arsenal and the supply chain to help seek out what’s needed.
"We spent $36,500 on the N95 masks in the last week. Madison County has never bought that type of mask. Trying to find suppliers for that, you start looking for supplies that are helping with our 911 dispatch, HEMSI, our employees, our court system. There are a lot of moving parts. Our IT department has done a phenomenal job of setting up people to work from home," he said.
Strong encouraged everyone to keep social distancing and to take coronavirus seriously, because if people let up for even just one day, it could drastically change the amount of cases in Madison County.
The Madison County Courthouse was closed last month, and at this time, Strong said it's unclear when it will reopen.
The county previously said three employees tested positive for coronavirus. Officials notified WAAY 31 that they misspoke and corrected the number.