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Monroe continues to battle coronavirus

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Courthouse will continue to limit public access for at least another week.

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners discussed the decision about whether to reopen the building during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

In March, officials opted to temporarily limit public access to the courthouse as a safety precaution to limit unnecessary foot traffic in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Monday, the county has 79 confirmed cases, one probable case and 35 individuals who are now reported as recovered. The Monroe County Health Department reported two more coronavirus related deaths Sunday morning, bringing the county’s total deaths to 14.

In the meantime members of the public are still able to gain access to the courthouse through a door buzzer stationed on the building’s exterior door.

Commissioners Carl Davis, Mick Schumacher and Tim Price decided that due to the “country’s turmoil” surrounding the death of George Floyd along with the coronavirus pandemic the building would remain with limited access for at least another week. However beginning today all offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We just decided to give it another week. We’re not really keeping anybody out of the courthouse that needs to be there,” Davis said. “With the unrest that is going on we just felt that since we are already restricted it wouldn’t hurt to just continue it for another week.”

Davis said officials plan to reopen the courthouse June 9 with safety protocols in place.

“It could change, but that is the plan that we will unlock the door Tuesday (June 9),” he said.

Upon opening, all individuals entering the building will be required to have their temperature taken by deputies and facial masks will be available to those who want or need them. Davis said the use of facial coverings will be left up to the discretion of each individual office for both employees and the public.

“As far as the courthouse in general, we would encourage people to wear a mask. If they don’t have one and they want one, we will provide it. But as far as each individual office that’s kind of up to the individual office holder to do what they want to in their office,” he said.

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