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Third Wood County employee tests positive for COVID-19

PARKERSBURG — Wood County officials Monday continued to deal with the pandemic.

County Commission President Blair Couch confirmed a third employee has tested positive while a fourth employee has tested negative.

“(The fourth employee) is the blessing today,” Couch said. “We are going to keep moving forward.”

The County Commission held its regular Monday meeting over the telephone and online through the county’s YouTube page.

Last week, officials started limiting access to the courthouse and the Judge Black Annex after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The courthouse and the annex will have limited public access for the foreseeable future. The setup will be similar to when the courthouse and annex were closed at the beginning of the pandemic in March and April.

The courthouse doors will be locked. Office numbers will be posted on the courthouse and annex doors. People can call and someone will come to the door for business that needs to be handled.

A drop box will be located outside the courthouse doors for people.

Officials are discouraging walk-in traffic and the people who will be allowed in the courthouse will have to wear a face mask.

The annex will be closed to foot traffic. The tax office will have a skeleton crew in place and will be conducting business through its drive-through window behind the annex.

The Wood County Magistrate Court, the Wood County Circuit Court and the Wood County Circuit Clerk’s office and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department are still operating, business as usual with health guidelines in place, Couch said.

Couch reminded everyone to remain safe.

“Wear your masks and wash your hands,” he said.

Brett Dunlap can be reached at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com

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