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County Clerk’s office closed with employee COVID case

by KATE SHUNNEY

The Morgan County Clerk’s Office has been closed to the public until at least Tuesday, August 17 following a positive COVID test result for a front-office employee.

Morgan County Clerk’s office.

County Clerk Kim Nickles said that employee was not showing symptoms but got a COVID test because her husband had tested positive for the contagious respiratory disease. The Clerk’s Office employee had been vaccinated against COVID, said Nickles. Local Health Department officials advised the office close down to the general public. Employees are still answering phones and working in the office during regular business hours, said Nickles.

The entire staff will get a rapid COVID test on Monday, which will determine when the office can reopen. Nickles said her office has notified the attorneys offices that regularly come into the County Clerk’s office to do legal research work. She was not advised how to notify members of the public they may have been exposed to a COVID-positive staff member, she said. Nickles shared an announcement about the office closure on social media, and noted in a comment that it was due to a COVID case.

A sign on the County Clerk’s office door about the closure does not specify it is COVID-related. The County Clerk’s office can be reached by phone at 304-258-8547.

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