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Rowan Co. to close Courthouse, Road Department, Animal Shelter due to COVID-19 concerns

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jul 26, 2020

ROWAN CO., Ky. (LEX 18) — Rowan Co. will be closing its Courthouse, Road Department, and Tri-County Animal Shelter due to concerns of COVID-19 beginning Monday.

In two separate Facebook posts, Rowan County Judge-Executive Harry Clark said all employees of the Courthouse will be tested to provide a baseline of information so they can make informed decisions and having a deep cleaning of the facility. The reopening date will be announced once they receive and evaluate all test results.

The Road Department and Tri-County Animal Shelter will also be closing for the time-being.

In the meantime, road crews will remain on stand-by to respond to any emergency calls, and the Animal Shelter will be closed to the public. A number of staff will remain on-duty to care for the animals.

"We are committed to the health and well-being of our employees, as well as the citizens of Rowan County," the Facebook statement said. That is why we cannot in good conscience remain open until that safety has been re-established. We will keep you fully appraised of the situation as it allows, but we ask that speculation and hearsay be kept to a minimum purely out of respect for those individuals effected."