Izard County Courthouse extends closure after employees test positive for COVID-19

Izard County Courthouse to be closed July 23, 24 after employee tests positive for COVID-19

MELBOURNE, Ark. (KAIT) - The Izard County Courthouse in Melbourne announced Monday via Facebook that it would extend its closure into August after several employees tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Facebook post Monday, the county announced the three employees have tested positive, and that they would remain closed until August 2, unless more cases come to light.

The courthouse was closed until July 27, after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19, according to county officials.

According to a post on the Izard County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page, the county has had six positive cases reported as of July 22.

The Izard County Courthouse in Melbourne will be closed July 23 and 24 after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19, county officials said Wednesday.
The Izard County Courthouse in Melbourne will be closed July 23 and 24 after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19, county officials said Wednesday. (Source: Izard County Office of Emergency Management Facebook)

“One of these cases include a fellow employee here at the courthouse and we are praying that they have a fast recovery,” the post noted. “As for the rest of the staff, we have all been tested this morning and, as of now, none of my fellow employees are showing any signs/symptoms of the virus. The only employee with direct contact has been tested and is in self-isolation.”

“Izard County has reached 10 positive cases. 3 of these cases involve employees at the courthouse. In keeping with CDC guidelines, county Judge Eric Smith has announced that the Izard County Courthouse and Annex will be closed to the public with an expected reopen date of 8/2/2020 unless cases remain or increase. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have a business that needs to be taken care of, feel free to call the office you need or visit www.izardcountyar.orgWe once again want to encourage all citizens to social distance, wash hands and continue to follow the governors mandate to wear a mask in public or when you cannot social distance. Please be courteous to any businesses you visit and of your fellow neighbor.
Izard County Judge Eric Smith

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