County buildings re-open.

June 23, 2020

County buildings re-open.

HART — All Oceana County buildings are back open as of Monday, June 22, following an emergency closure due to a COVID-19 scare last Thursday.

“Our plan was to reopen on Monday, and we did,” said Oceana County Administrator Robert Sobie. “Ramped-up cleaning and disinfecting occurred between the time we closed on Thursday and our reopening on Monday. Our local public health officer did not recommend testing due to this event (closure) because there was no direct exposure to employees.

“Of course, there is nothing preventing a person from seeking testing or speaking with health care providers about the virus where individual concerns exist,” said Sobie. “As we’ve all learned during the pandemic, and consistent with federal, state, and local health protocols, if a person is exhibiting symptoms consistent with the virus, that person should seek testing. Daily self-monitoring exercises (at work, outside of work) will serve as an early indicator if testing should be pursued.”

Just 10 days after Oceana County buildings were re-opened to the public, they were forced to closed again due to “one or more individuals” who were in the county buildings “exhibiting one or more symptoms related to COVID-19,” said Sobie Thursday.

The county buildings reopened to the public, June 8, for general county services only, such as marriage licenses, CPL, dog licenses, tax payments, filing of deeds, etc. All court offices remain closed. Masks, health screenings and a temperature check are required.

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