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March 16, 2020 6:42 PM

COVID-19 Courthouse Lock Down Effective March 20, 2020

Limited access to the courthouse becomes even more limited starting March 20, 2020. In the north entrance of the building, you'll find two blue metal drop-off boxes, one for Clerk of Court and one for County offices. Signs are posted with a list of all county departments, department head names, phone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, website info, and Facebook pages...alternate ways of contacting all county departments at the courthouse as well as other facilities in lieu of face-to-face time.

In front of the large sign is a phone (no receiver) and a smaller sign with a "short list" of only COURTHOUSE office phone and extension numbers. If you have a cell phone, please use your phone to call the office. If you do not have a cell phone, use the phone provided to dial the office's 4-digit extension number. The department will assess any inquiries and meet you at the door, if necessary, to accommodate your needs.

There's also hand sanitizer at the door. Please use the hand sanitizer BEFORE you use the phone provided. Always remember to wash your hands with soap and water when possible and if that isn't available, use hand sanitizer to prevent spread of germs and infectious diseases!

Many county departments have Facebook pages. Please like and follow them for up-to-date information on the status of services. As you know, things are changing frequently.

Here's the actual motion approved by the Board of Supervisors at the March 19, 4 p.m. special/emergency board meeting:

Schwickerath/Kamm moved to in an effort to limit and slow down the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has become a global pandemic negatively affecting populations worldwide it is important for Floyd County to take appropriate actions. After discussions with multiple department heads and employees the Floyd County Supervisors feel it is appropriate at this time to lock the main door of the Floyd County Court House to the public effective 8 a.m. on March 20, 2020. Information and a communication device will be made available in the entry way so that if any citizen would like to request a face to face interaction, they would then be able to contact the appropriate office. Personnel within that office can then take appropriate action. We support our department heads within our other buildings the responsibility to take appropriate steps to lock their doors or limit access while maintaining services to our citizens. All employees will be required to report to work at this time or follow the employee handbook for paid or unpaid leave until further notice and are expected to follow the CDC guidelines regarding health and hygiene in the workplace. Motion carried 3-0.

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