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Wood County Courthouse offering only limited access

The drive-through for the sheriff’s tax office behind the Black Annex in downtown Parkersburg is seeing more traffic after county officials, in light of two employees testing positive for the virus, have enacted access limitations. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Courthouse and the Judge Black Annex will have limited access for the foreseeable future as two county employees have tested positive for the virus.

Offices of the assessor were closed Thursday and Friday and the sheriff’s tax office was closed to foot traffic, but the tax office’s drive-through window behind the Judge Black Annex remained in operation.

A number of county employees also are being tested.

As a result, County Administrator Marty Seufer said Friday that starting on Monday, the courthouse and the annex will have limited public access. 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,” Seufer said. “There will be a drop box for the county clerk’s office.”

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.

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

“All offices will be answering the phones,” Seufer said of the assessor, tax office and prosecutor’s office in the annex.

Plans are in the works to resume remote meetings for the county commission on Monday with a link expected to be added to the county’s website by Monday. The commission meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays.

Brett Dunlap can be reached at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com.

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