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Mid-Ohio Valley counties limiting access to courthouses

PARKERSBURG — Several of the surrounding counties are either closing their courthouses to the public or limiting access and encouraging online or phone inquiries due to the COVID-19 virus.

In Calhoun County, the courthouse is locked and all patrons have to be buzzed in for access.

“We’re not allowing anybody in unless it’s an absolute emergency,” County Commission President Chip Westfall said.

To allow the county to receive needed supplies, the county was declared to operate under a state of emergency, Westfall said. However, the commission is still set to conduct its budget meeting next week.

As of Thursday, the Jackson County Courthouse is closed to the public. Jackson County Clerk Cheryl Bright said most transactions can take place either online or over the phone.

According to Deanna Kincaid, Pleasants County deputy clerk, the Pleasants County Courthouse is still open, but people are encouraged not to come in if they don’t have essential business that isn’t time sensitive.

Internal offices will remain open in Ritchie County, but the courthouse will be closed to the public.

“There will be a drop-box outside the front door that will be available to submit any documentation. This box will be checked regularly,” the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page says.

Starting Monday morning, the Doddridge County Courthouse will be closed to the public. Employees will still be on hand to assist residents.

The Tyler County Courthouse is opening on an appointment basis and is operating on a limited staff.

Roane County Courthouse is continuing to conduct business as usual.

Wirt County is limiting foot traffic in the courthouse and encouraging online inquiries or phone calls. They are limiting the number of individuals permitted in each office and the building at one time.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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