UPDATE (9/28/20 12:03 p.m.):
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The Harrison County Courthouse will continue to operate on restricted public access to only emergency essential functions.
Unless canceled earlier, this restricted access is scheduled to continue until 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, according to Harrison County Administrator Willie Parker. For non-judicial departments & matters—assessor, tax office, county clerk, county commission, grants, IT and planning/permits—call the appropriate office before going to the courthouse.
For scheduled hearings, proceedings or functions with judicial departments and matters—circuit court, circuit clerk, family court and magistrate court—there may be a need to verify the status of said activity. Do not assume judicial functions are canceled, Parker explained.
The regular meeting of Harrison County Commission scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, will continue as planned with very limited in-person public access. Individuals should plan to observe and/or participate in the meeting via Zoom, according to Parker. No public appointments will be scheduled for this meeting.
Any questions should be directed to the Office of the County Commission at 304-624-8500.
UPDATE (9/24/20 6:02 p.m.):
Harrison County Administrator Willie Parker provided some additional details on the courthouse closure.
According to Parker, the courthouse is restricting access to essential emergency services only, along with some judicial matters. He said anyone who is needing to go to the courthouse, in particular for a judicial matter, should call ahead to make sure it is still happening.
The closure will run through at least Friday, Parker said. Officials will make a decision over the weekend about next week.
Parker also offered some clarification about the employee who tested positive. He said the employee tested positive via a rapid test, and the Harrison County Health Department advised another test to confirm that result. The result of that test is not yet available, according to Parker.
Further, Parker said people who have had direct contact with that employee are being quarantined. The health department is also conducting contact tracing.
The employee had been wearing a mask in common areas, according to Parker.
ORIGINAL STORY (9/24/20 4:37 p.m.):
The Harrison County Courthouse is ceasing nonessential services after an employee tested positive for coronavirus on two occasions.
According to Harrison County Commissioner Patsy Trecost, the decision was made after an employee tested positive last week and again this week.
There is no word at this time on how long the closure will last.
Back in March, the courthouse closed to the public for all but emergency matters.
12News will update this story as more information about the courthouse closure is known.