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Yesterday afternoon Washington County Commissioner Phillip Marshall told WSLM that the Washington County Clerk’s Office and the Washington County Government Center were closed until August 12 due to a county employee testing positive for Covid-19.

Marshall said the two buildings were on mandatory quarantine for 14 days. 

“We had another case pop up there…one of the employees, so we had to shut ’em back down,” said Marshall. 

He said the Public Defender, Board of Health, Probation, Child Protective Services, and the Prosecutor’s Office and the Clerk’s Office were closed. 

The public can call the offices to schedule an appointment for service. 

Marshall said the jail remains closed and the courts are open but only for the cases that are scheduled with the public not going in. 

“As of now we’re in an automatic quarantine until August 12,” said Marshall. 

However, this morning Washington County Clerk Stephanie Rockey clarified the closure. 

“My office is closed to the public under the order of the Washington County Commissioners and the Washington County Health Department as a precautionary measure,” she wrote in an email. 

“For clarification, [neither] myself nor any of my staff are on a 14-day quarantine, as previously stated on social media.  We are like before, closed to the public, but will all be on hand to answer phone calls and conduct business by appointment.”

She said the phones at the clerk’s office have been ringing non-stop. 

County offices were closed in the early part of the pandemic but were reopened to the public as long as those entering the offices practiced social distancing and wore masks.

On Monday, July 27, Gov. Eric Holcomb’s emergency order went into effect across the state that required Hoosiers to wear masks in all public places.

“We are still accepting payments by mail,” said Rockey. “Marriage licenses and candidate filings for school board will be conducted by appointment.”

“The safety of everyone is our top priority and we will continue to exercise health practices as recommended by the Washington County Health Department,” Rockey said.

She encouraged the public to call the office with any questions or contact our Washington County Health Department with any questions or clarifications. 

The Clerk’s office number is (812) 883-5748. The Health Department number is (812) 883-5603.