Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones said Tuesday that a courthouse employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and another employee’s spouse has tested positive.

Both departments where those employees worked have been closed to the public, Jones said, and the courthouse would be closed to the public. Entrance would be by the bottom doors and by appointment only, Jones said.

“Sorry for the inconvenience, but this is for safety and welfare of our employees who are still on the job and for the public as well,” Jones said.

Jones said the office employees where the employee tested positive are quarantining, while the other employee whose spouse tested positive has been sent home to quarantine.