DO NOT go in person to county offices, if at all possible, please

Paul Burke <box1320@...>

From: Brianna Gustafson <bgustafson@...>
March 16, 2020 Brianna L. Gustafson, Public Information Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office: 304-724-8914
Mobile: 304-279-8135
Press Release
Jefferson County Departments Heads, County Commission Members, and the Health Department Met Today to Discuss Coronavirus Preparedness Measures

Kearneysville, WV – A meeting to discuss ongoing COVID-19 preparedness and planning efforts in Jefferson County took place today, Monday, March 16th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. During this meeting, department heads, County Commission members, elected officials, representatives from the court system, and representatives from the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management discussed specific issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure Jefferson County has a plan in place for the continuity of operations in the county.

With the increased recommendations from the CDC and other health officials, Jefferson County encourages all residents to limit their exposure to others through social distancing. In an effort to reduce foot traffic, Jefferson County Government Offices and the Jefferson County Court System may be implementing reduced hours for some offices. In addition, the County Commission may also consider the closure of some buildings. This will limit the general exposure of both staff and the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. More information on the reduction of hours and building closures will be delivered to the public as it becomes available.

The safety of the residents and employees of Jefferson County is of the upmost importance. If at all possible, please DO NOT go in person to county offices. Instead, please take advantage of the many online platforms used for payment processing, applications, etc. The county is actively researching ways to ensure the health and safety of all individuals by increasing online and over the phone accessibility. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the availability of online processing, please contact the respective department.