County outlines operations during two-week courthouse closure

Due to the continued increase in local COVID-19 cases with 82 currently active, the Upshur County Commission has voted to close the Courthouse, Annex and other County owned and operated facilities to the public, with the exemption of the James W. Curry Library’s Virtual School Program.

This decision was made in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus and protect all county residents and employees. Offices will remain staffed and available to serve the public via telephone, email, USPS, online or appointment. County employees working in the office will continue to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines while others will transition to telework, if possible.

Tax payments may be mailed, submitted via the drop box in Chancery Street or paid online at If an individual prefers to pay in cash, Court Security Officers will be available at the front doors of the Courthouse Annex to accept cash and provide receipts. DMV matters will be handled by appointment only.

Residents may continue to register to vote through Tuesday, October 13. Court Security Officers are available to accept various voter documents, including absentee ballots, at the front doors of the Courthouse. The public testing of voting machines that is scheduled for Thursday, October 15 at 9 a.m. in the County Clerk’s hallway will continue as scheduled. At a minimum, the Courthouse will be re-opened on Wednesday, October 21 for Early Voting.

Courts will provide notification of continued hearings and trials.

The Upshur County Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 8 will continue as scheduled including the second reading of the Suddenlink Franchise Renewal Ordinance; however, attendance will be by teleconference only for the public and press. Please dial 1-717-275-8940 or 1-712-832-8330 and enter access code 898 8882.

The Commission will continue to assess our COVID-19 cases daily and will reconsider operations of the County facilities weekly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Ongoing information will be released to the press or via the DHSEM’s emergency notification system, WENS, if necessary. For the most recent information, we encourage you to visit the CDC’s website at, the WVDHHR website at, the Upshur County Commission Facebook page and the DHSEM Facebook page.

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