UPDATE: Mercer County Clerk tests positive for COVID-19; courthouse to remain open

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UPDATE: PRINCETON, WV (WVNS)3:30 p.m. Monday Aug. 24, 2020: Mercer County Clerk Verlin Moye confirmed he has tested positive with the virus. Moye told 59News he is home under quarantine during this time. His office will remain closed through Thurs. Aug. 27, 2020.

County Commissioner Greg Puckett said the rest of the courthouse remains open despite these test results.

“We can’t just look at one individual and say we want to single them out for any kind of thing if they were to become positive. I think one of the things we have to do is understand that the magnitude of the virus can be there for anyone. We just all have to take precautions.”

Testing is available to employees at the courthouse on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. Moye said that should begin around 1 p.m.

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — 5:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2020: On Thursday Aug. 20, a Mercer County Clerk office employee reported they tested positive for COVID-19. Mercer County Commissioners, like Bill Archer, decided to close the office.

“I had immediately said that we should probably close that section off at least until Monday or Tuesday so we can figure something out,” Archer said.

The office will be thoroughly cleaned and aired out over the weekend. Archer said commissioners thought about closing the courthouse.

“But I didn’t think that was appropriate at the time,” Archer explained.

They believe the steps they have been taking during the pandemic will protect them from an outbreak. Although they cannot require people to wear masks in the courthouse, they ask that people do and the security guard provides masks to anyone who forgets one. Plexiglass was also installed in all county offices.

“We put the shields in place primarily to protect our employees, but they go both ways. They also protect the visiting public,” Archer said.

All employees who came into close contact with the positive case were tested and will quarantine until they get their results. Archer said they hope to keep the courthouse open, unless more positive cases are reported.

“We are trying to do the best that we can to be able to continue to conduct county business, but at the same time, do it in the context of being able to keep people safe. Both those people that come and visit us and our staff,” Archer explained.

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — An announcement was made on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 that the Mercer County Clerk’s office is closed. This comes after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

County Clerk Verlin Moye confirmed there are also 13 office members and two citizens who are waiting on test results. The turnaround is expected to be 24 to 48 hours.

The office will be shut down until further notice. They will be able to handle some emergency business. Those who require assistance should call the office at the courthouse before showing up.

Moye is hoping to reopen the office on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. That could be delayed depending on the results of testing.

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