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Pott. County Commissioners declare state of emergency, close courthouse to public due to COVID-19

Elisabeth Slay

Pottawatomie County Commissioners have declared a state of emergency and closed the Pottawatomie County Courthouse and its offices to the public effective immediately, except for limited court functions.

The decision, prompted to COVID-19 concerns, came in a special meeting Wednesday.

According to the commissioners' proclamation, the state of emergency is for 30 days unless otherwise lifted or expanded and implements the Pottawatomie County Emergency Plan.

District 1 Commissioner Melissa Dennis said the County Courthouse will be closed to the public except for limited court functions and only employees and essential personnel will be granted access to the building.

Dennis explained the commissioners will hold their regular meeting Monday, March 23 to handle purchase orders, payroll and other such functions and will then hold a meeting April 6 to revisit the closure of the courthouse and the possibility of an extension.

Dennis said notices will be posted on the doors of the courthouse with contact information for different offices and judges who can explain any inquires the public may have regarding filings, correspondence and limited court functions.

This is a developing story and will be updated with new information and details as they become available.

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