It is common knowledge at this point that the county and nation as a whole is facing a rather trying time due to the COVID-19 virus (commonly referred to as the Coronavirus). There is debate amongst residents as to the severity of the virus, of course, but as events unfold and more information is learned it has been decided to take action. As such, the Jay County Commissioners have elected to take the following steps to try and protect county employees as well as the entire county population:
1)Effective end of business day on Wednesday, March 18, 2020; many offices and facilities will be closed to the public. If you need to contact the offices that are closed to the public, a list will be posted on the courthouse doors so that you can reach out to whatever office you might need or you may call 260-726-7575 and listen to all the options in the automated listing. Additionally, the county website (jaycounty.net) is a valuable resource as it lists all department contacts and allows you to email a department you might need information from. Should your business require in-person interaction, please call the office in question and make an appointment so the office has time to prepare documents you may need to expedite the visit.
a)EXCEPTION: The Circuit and Superior Courts will remain in operation. Some cases may be rescheduled at the Court’s direction or after a request from a party or attorney. While most hearings will remain open to the public, the public is urged to exercise discretion and common sense when deciding whether to attend. The judges may limit the number of people who can attend hearings, trials, etc. Please contact your attorney or the courts if you need to know whether these restrictions or any rescheduling applies to you.
2)When a public meeting must be held—including regularly scheduled meetings of the Jay County Commissioners, Jay County Council, and Jay County Drainage board—they will be held with the hopes that no more than 10 people will be in attendance at one time to allow proper distances from each other. All meetings will be held in the auditorium and will address essential matters only. If you need to communicate with the commissioners, please call or email via the contact information provided on the county website. You may also contact the county auditor who will forward messages to the commissioners. If you need to contact the county council, you may also use the website and contact the county auditor.
3)If there was any plan to use a county facility for any gathering or meeting, this will be canceled and rescheduled.
4)Currently, there is no plan to reduce the hours or workdays of county employees. This, of course, is subject to change and plans are in place to address these matters if it becomes necessary.
5)If you have concerns that you might be infected with COVID-19, please take advantage of the IU Health Free Virtual Screenings via their newly launched virtual clinic.
The situation will continue to be monitored constantly by the appropriate county departments. Please allow for updates and changes as they might become necessary.