WARSAW — Kosciusko County offices continue to remain open at the present time but with certain restrictions in place due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
Kosciusko County Commissioners President Brad Jackson said they are asking that the public conduct county business via phone or email whenever possible and only come to the courthouse if absolutely necessary.
“We’re trying to be smart, be safe,” Jackson said.
County leaders are working to develop ways to have less in-person interaction with the public, to create more distance when interaction is required and to spray all touchable surfaces in public areas (handrails, door handles etc.) at least two times per day.
Commissioners provided county employees with information detailing precautions and guidelines to follow in order to prevent the spread of all infections. This included asking those who are sick to stay home, washing hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces often, practicing social distancing and taking precautions in off-work hours.
The county health department has hired an epidemiologist to assist nursing staff in working with the COVID-19 virus, Jackson said. She is specifically trained in disease investigations as they relate to public health.
Regarding local businesses that are being affected due to the COVID-19 situation, Jackson said he has been in contact with Congressman Jim Banks (IN-3) via text regarding possible funding assistance.
Jackson said he didn’t want business owners wondering ‘What should I do?’ and ‘Who should I contact?’ so he reached out to Banks in order to obtain an initial point of contact.
Banks would like people to know that he is eager to help.
Jackson said local businesses affected by the COVID-19 situation may call (260) 702-4750 to find out if assistance is available to them and to get the process started.
At this time, county office hours remain the same. Officials will continue monitoring the situation.