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Schools close in response to Coronavirus

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12:31 pm

Local schools will be closed until March 31; Courthouse closed to public

Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady announced Monday that the Grundy County Courthouse would be closed to the public and Grundy County schools would be closed in efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus.
“Grundy County is taking every step of caution and preparedness as it relates to COVID-19,” stated Mayor Brady. “It is our intention to do our part to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
Mayor Brady outlined the following measures to be taken by the county:
• All offices at the Grundy County Courthouse are closed to the public. Those needing orders of protection or warrants should contact the Circuit Court Clerk’s office for proper protocol.
• Grundy County schools will be closed through March 31. All athletics (including both games and practices) and extracurricular activities are cancelled.
• Law enforcement, 911, EMS, Fire and Rescue, the Health Department, and Convenience Centers are to remain open at this time.
• All Grundy County libraries are closed.
• The Grundy County Highway Department is closed to the public.
“Even with the courthouse closing to the public, county employees will continue to work,” stated Mayor Brady.
Law enforcement officers will continue to work, but temporary changes have been implemented at the Grundy County Jail. Video visitation has been suspended.
“The Sheriff’s Office will be suspending all visitation this week,” stated Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum. “Often times, there are several families with children in the video visitation lobby at the same time. We do not want to risk any exposure of the COVID-19 virus to anyone. We will re-evaluate next Sunday afternoon. Thanks for your patience and understanding.”
Other updates
• SVEC offices are closed to the public, but drive-thru services are still available.
• Dollar General is dedicating there first hour after opening each day to senior shopping in an attempt to protect the elderly.
As of Tuesday, at 2 p.m., the Tennessee Department of Health had reported 73 confirmed cases in Tennessee. At press time, no cases had been confirmed in Grundy County.
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