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Local offices close
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A sign of the times. With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise, so are the number of office closures due to infection. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Local government offices have closed due to coronavirus. 

The offices of District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis and Warren County Clerk Lesa Scott are closed due to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“We had one of our employees test positive,” said Zavogiannis. “That employee says they feel fine and I’m thankful for that. We are trying to keep it from spreading any further.”

Staff members are working from home.

“The physical office is closed, but we are still working,” said Zavogiannis. “We have been making sure that we could work from home so we can continue to do what we need to do. We are not out of business. We had the front office closed for a couple of weeks before this positive test just because the numbers were going up. I feel pretty confident that none of the public was exposed to that person, which makes me feel better.”

The office was decontaminated, but no date has been set to reopen. 

“It may be some time before we open that front door,” said Zavogiannia, who admits her requirements might be a bit strenuous. “Everybody has to test negative before we go back into the office. We are going to continue to work despite the quarantine. It might be overkill but that’s my rule. Everybody must test negative before we come back.”

County Clerk Lesa Scott could not be reached for comment. However, per a sign on the door, the office is closed until further notice. It instructs patrons to call 473-2623 and leave a message, or use the drop box at the building’s entrance, or go online to renew car tags.

Magness Library closed July 23 due to a coronavirus exposure. When contacted Friday, library director Brad Walker said the facility would be closed “another week” before it reopens with limited services.