Courthouse remains closed; active cases decline

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission held a special meeting virtually on Monday afternoon to discuss the re-opening of county facilities.   

Commissioners voted to keep the Courthouse, Annex and other county owned and operated facilities closed to the public through Friday, October 23, 2020, with the exemption of early voting, which takes place October 21 through 31, and the James W. Curry Library’s Virtual Learning Program.

During the regularly scheduled meeting that will be held on Thursday, October 22, Commissioners will apply the most recent WV DHHR numbers that will be made available at 10 a.m. to determine operations of the facilities for the following week of October 26. 

The Courthouse will be open for early voting only.  Office hours for early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.  Any other time-sensitive matters will be dealt with by appointment only.  Courts will provide notice of continued hearings and trials. 

According to the Upshur County Commission, “Offices will remain staffed and available to serve the public via telephone, email, USPS, online or by appointment. County employees working in the office will continue to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines, while others will continue to telework, if possible.” 

Tax payments can be mailed, submitted via drop box on Chancery Street or paid online at  DMV matters will be handled by appointment only.  Individuals may access the Tax Department; however, occupancy is limited to only three individuals at a time. 

As of Monday afternoon, Upshur County had 59 currently active cases and 167 recovered, according to the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department.  These numbers are down from the 83 reported active cases on Friday afternoon. 



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