The Sequoyah County Court Clerk’s office is reopening to the public on Monday, Aug. 10, Court Clerk Vicki Beaty said. The office has been closed since an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Beaty said she consulted with the Sequoyah County Health Department, the State Health Department, the county commissioners and District Judge Jeff Payton on what needed to be done.
“After careful consideration,” Beaty said, “I felt it was in the best interest to close the office for the safety of the public, my employees and the other employees of the courthouse.”
Because all of Beaty’s employees had been in direct contact with the positive person, everyone on staff was tested. The staff were already wearing masks and sanitizing the office regularly.
“I had all offices and courtrooms associated with the court clerk’s office and judge’s chambers professionally sanitized before any employees re-entered. I am so sorry for the inconvenience this has caused, but I have seen firsthand what COVID-19 can do to a person and we need to be very cautious for the safety of everyone,” Beaty said. “I also feel we are all trying our best to make the right decisions in a world where so many things are uncertain as to what is around the corner. We will reopen to the public Monday, Aug. 10, and we will continue to practice safety and social distancing.”
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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