In a statement issued on March 19th, Harrison County Commissioners stated it was their goal to take measures needed to protect staff as well as the public to get through the difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. They are working with various local, state and federal agencies to protect the public and courthouse employees.
County offices will remain open during normal business hours; however, Harrison County officials will take measures to limit and restrict public access to the Harrison County Courthouse. As of Monday, March 23rd, only fifteen individuals will be granted access at one time. Others will have to wait until the number of individuals inside goes below that limit. Depending on on-going circumstances, access may be further limited or restricted. This restriction limit will NOT apply to mandated court or judicial appearances.
Before entering the facility, people will be questioned as to recent travel and exposure to others who may have shown symptoms of the Coronavirus. In addition, security personnel will utilize non-contact thermometers to obtain an individual’s body temperature, and those exhibiting an above normal temperature may be restricted from entering the facility to safeguard the public and employees.
Public access for offices or departments located in the annex (Voters Department – Magistrate Court – Family Court) will enter and exit the building from the 3rd Street entrance. A security point will be established there as well for those entering the facility. Anyone who requires ADA accessibility will need to enter via the front entrance of the courthouse.
Regarding voting in the May primary, Harrison County officials encourage individuals to contact the Voters Division of the Office of the County Clerk by calling 304-624-8613 or in writing (301 W. Main St., Clarksburg, WV 26301) to request an absentee ballot. This will assist in limiting exposure for the voting public as well as poll workers.