As cases of confirmed coronavirus continue to emerge across the state, Lawrence County officials take further precautions against its spread in their communities.
The Lawrence County Judicial and Administrative Center and all county offices remained closed to the public this week, according to county commissioners, and Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders said preventative measures are being taken at the jail and in his office as well.
“We aren’t permitting any visitors. We’re doing all we can to keep the population down at the jail, and we’re cleaning very regularly,” he said Tuesday. “Our deputies will remain on patrol and respond to emergencies. Our employees are reporting to work as normal, but the Sheriff’s Office facilities are not open to the public.”
Sanders announced last week that the administrative office and the jail would be closed to the public until further notice.
Inmates who are admitted into the jail are taken to a holding cell where they are screened by on-staff nurses before they are brought into the jail, according to Sanders.
He said all work release programs are currently suspended until further notice.
“We’re taking every precaution as recommended by the Alabama Department of Public Health,” said Sanders.
He suggests monitoring the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for further updates.
Lawrence County Commissioners, who voted to close the county courthouse and all public buildings last Monday, said the measures were still in place this week.
Though the courthouse is closed to the general public, county employees will still report to work to carry out day-to-day business and process payments, District 3 Commissioner Kyle Pankey said.
Revenue Commissioner Brad Henderson said his office will still be able to receive and process vehicle tag renewals and property assessments that are submitted online. Residents who need to renew a tag or property may do so at www.LawrenceCountyRevenue.com.
Henderson said his office was notified Monday that the state would extend tag renewals that are due by the end of March and accept renewal fees until April 15.
“All employees will still be in the office. Feel free to call us with questions or for assistance with paying fees online,” Henderson said.
Commissioner Chairman Bobby Burch said all senior sites in the county were closed to visitors beginning last Tuesday as well.
Meal providing services that operate at the senior sites will still allow regular attending seniors to pick up meals at their location, but congregate meals will not take place on-site until further notice. Homebound meals will be delivered as usual.
The Lawrence County Public Library also closed to the public last week.
“Starting Wednesday, March 18, for the safety of our citizens and staff, the library will be closed to the public until further notice. Check our website and social media for updates,” Library Director Rex Bain announced. “While closed, our digital library, camellia.overdrive.com, is open for use. A PIN will not be required.”
Bain said the library’s book drop will not be open during the library closure. Patrons are instructed to hold all materials until the library reopens, he said.
“Fines will be waived on materials during the library closing,” said Bain.