The Jackson County Commission had an emergency meeting on March 20. With the Covid-19 virus pandemic, commissioners approved two measures.

Jackson County is now under a state of emergency. This allows the commission to make decisions as needed to address any situation that may arise. It will further allow the Office of Emergency Management to act as needed.

Commissioners also approved an Emergency Policy Declaration. The purpose of this document is “To provide guidance to the public and establish attendance protocols for Jackson County elected officials and employees during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.”

Unless changed by further action, the courthouse will remain open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Access to individual offices in the courthouse and other county offices may be restricted.

Guidelines for employees were also included in the declaration.

The policy is not applicable to Circuit, Magistrate, or Family Court which are under the direction of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

All policies were effective immediately and will remain in effect until cancelled or modified by action of the Jackson County Commission.

The County Commission meetings scheduled for March 25 and April 1 have been cancelled.