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Newton County Judge Kenneth Weeks

Jasper County Judge Mark Allen said Monday evening that Newton County Judge Kenneth Weeks has voluntarily quarantined himself after working alongside other local officials in the Regional Emergency Operations Center in Jefferson County. This came after Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick's wife became ill on Sunday and she has reportedly been tested for possible Coroavirus and is awaiting test results.

Allen stressed that Weeks does not have any symptoms and is doing this strictly as a precaution.

Judge Allen said that Judge Branick has also quarantined with his wife, and Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel, Jr. has assumed command of the EOC pending the return of Branick.

Judge Allen said that he, himself, never came into contact with either Judge Branick or his wife so he plans to carry on normally, unless he develops any symptoms.

Meanwhile, Allen said that there are still no cases of Coronavirus in Jasper, Newton, or Tyler Counties. The Judge said that here in Jasper County, about a dozen people with symptoms have been tested so far and about half of those tests have come back negative, and they're still waiting for the results of the other half.

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