WARREN – Officials in Warren County, Pennsylvania plan to reopen their government in the first week of May, provided there is no significant change in their COVID-19 outbreak.
On Thursday, officials extended the shutdown of nonessential operations until May 4. Currently, most county workers will continue to be on leave or will work from home.
“The Commissioners and their administration plan to reopen in a deliberate, planned, and responsible manner and will take every precaution in order to provide services in a safe and secure environment,” said officials in a statement. “To ensure the safety of our staff and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Warren County after the reopening, comprehensive measures will be taken including: the use of masks by staff, the installation of plexiglass shields at areas where meetings with staff take place, and the extensive cleaning and disinfecting of offices and equipment.”
Citizens using the county facilities will be:
- required to use masks when entering the courthouse
- encouraged to wash their hands before entering and after departing the facility
- engaged in social distancing during their visit
Officials say these efforts are to both accommodate the orders of the Governor, and to maintain the safety of the public and the County staff.
So far in the COVID-19 outbreak in Warren County only one person has tested positive for the virus.
Statewide, Pennsylvania has more than 27,000 confirmed cases of the virus as of Friday morning.