By Jeff Shultz
The Garvin County Courthouse is now restricted to the general public due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
According to Garvin County Emergency Management Director David Johnson, as of Wednesday the courthouse had nine confirmed cases of COVID-19.
“That number may be down some this morning as I know of some cases that have since been released from their doctor’s care,” Johnson told the News Star Friday morning.
Johnson said he wasn’t clear as to which county offices had infected employees.
The outbreak caused county officials to limit the public’s access to the courthouse.
Visitors to the courthouse will be stopped at the sheriff’s office and will not be allowed to go further into the courthouse, according to Johnson.
“We are limiting public access past the west entry,” Johnson told the News Star.
The courthouse, and all of its functions, are still available to the public, he noted, but on a limited basis.
“We are asking the public to do as much business as possible by phone, mail or email. If necessary, they can conduct their business in person at the west entry,” Johnson said.
If a visitor must conduct business with a county office, they will be asked to wait until someone from that office can come down to the sheriff’s office and take care of them.
On Thursday, July 30, Garvin County reported 196 coronovirus cases, with 30 of those cases being active cases, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.