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Courthouse set to reopen today

ELKINS — The Randolph County Courthouse will reopen today after closing for a week due to COVID-19 difficulties, an official said.

“The courthouse will reopen to the public Tuesday morning for its regular hours of operation,” Randolph County Commission President Mark Scott told The Inter-Mountain.

“The public is encouraged to call before coming to the courthouse as most offices are working with limited staff,” Scott added. “If it is possible citizens are encouraged to conduct business online or by telephone.”

Last week the commission decided to close the courthouse for a week due to “the rising number of COVID-19 cases within the community and also the amount of community spread throughout the county.”

This week, Scott said, “We plan to remain open unless we have another string of positive test among multiple offices.”

In addition to last week’s closure, commissioners also closed courthouse property twice last year due to COVID-19 concerns.

Commissioners voted during an emergency meeting on March 23, 2020 to close the courthouse and its annexes to the public in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

On Oct. 8, 2020, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department said an official outbreak of the coronavirus had occurred at the Randolph County Courthouse, and county officials said four employees in the same department had tested positive. Commissioners decided that day to temporarily close the James F. Cain Courthouse Annex and to clean and disinfect the courthouse buildings.

Contact information for courthouse offices includes:

The Randolph County Commission office at 304-636-2057.

The county clerk’s office at 304-636-0543.

The assessor’s office at 304-636-2114.

The sheriff’s tax office at 304-636-2100.

The prosecuting attorney’s office at 304-636-2053.

The sheriff’s law enforcement office at 304-636-2111.

The Office of Emergency Management at 304-636-0483.

The circuit clerk’s office at 304-636-2765.

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