County moves to remote staffing, limits public access

Update: Since this article was written, the county government has decided to close public buildings completely to visitors. Beginning on Monday, March 23, public access to the County Office Building will be restricted to the Sheriff’s Office /Emergency Services foyer to handle functions specifically related to public welfare and safety. 

Citizens are encouraged to call the county offices at (540) 967-0401 or visit www.louisacounty.com to see if their needs can be handled on the phone or online. The County also encourages citizens to be aware that some efforts may take longer than normal as protocols are finalized and new best practices are implemented.

County officials said Tuesday they will have staff work remotely on a rotating basis beginning March 18 and will restrict public access to certain areas of the county office and human services buildings.

“This is another example of the proactive approach we’re taking to minimize potential spread [of the coronavirus],” said County Administrator Christian Goodwin.

Public access to county offices will be limited to the main floor and the sheriff's office lobby. Should the public need to meet with staff housed on the second floor, they can do so in a conference room on the main level. Access to the Department of Human Services building will be limited to the foyer area.

Before visiting either building, citizens are encouraged to call the County at 540-967-0401 or visit louisacounty.com to see if their needs can be handled on the phone or online. The County is compiling a central list of online services which will be posted on its website soon.

The refuse and recycling centers continue to operate on a normal schedule, though attendants have been instructed not to interact with the public to minimize risk.

The County also encourages citizens to be aware that some efforts may take longer than normal as protocols are finalized and new best practices are implemented.

“Folks might need to be a bit more patient,” said Assistant County Administrator Jeff Ferrel. “Our team is doing their best to maintain citizen convenience, but safety for both the community and our staff is a priority.”

The County has set up a coronavirus information page at www.louisacounty.com/2233/COVID-19-Information.

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