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In an effort to protect the community from the ongoing threat caused by the new coronavirus, the county commission decided Friday, March 20, to lock the Polk County Courthouse doors.
In a statement on the Polk County website, polkcountymo.gov, the commission said offices will remain open but people must call the phone number posted on the courthouse doors to gain entrance into the building.
People should use the building's south entrance.
On the county commissioners' website, a statement said "the Polk County elected officials and staff are a top priority."
"We are taking a proactive approach against COVID-19 to protect the health of our employees, customers and communities," the statement said.
The statement also encouraged people to call before visiting the courthouse to set up an appointment. The commission's phone number is listed as 326-2922.
People will be asked to answer a short questionnaire before entry, the statement said.
"Almost all requests can be handled online or over the phone, so if you are sick or have recently traveled, we ask that you refrain from coming into the building at all," the statement said.
The statement said each office phone number is listed on the individual office pages on the website.
"We appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we all do our part to protect the citizens of Polk County," the statement said.