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COVID-19 case counts spike, city building closes

Warren County has seen a nearly 40 percent increase in COVID-19 cases this week.

On Monday, state Department of Health data listed the county at 111 cases.

Friday’s data shows a total of 154 with approximately 20 of those new cases announced in Friday’s numbers.

State-wide, a total of 6,808 additional cases were announced, down slightly from the 7,126 cases included in Thursday’s information.

State data indicates that 134 of the tests in Warren County are confirmed with an additional 20 falling under the probable category. 4,625 tests have come back negative to date.

In response to the increasing case counts, the City of Warren has announced that the municipal building will be closed to the public starting on Monday.

City Manager Nancy Freenock said that effective Nov. 23 the building will be closed for all but police services.

“Board and Commission meetings will be held as necessary or required and will be conducted via Zoom until further notice,” Freenock said. “Council will continue to be afforded the opportunity to attend meetings in person or via Zoom.”

Any payments to the city can be made online or via email. Permit applications are also online and can be submitted virtually or through the mail.

City staff will report to work as usual.

“The number of positive COVID-19 cases are rising in Warren County and these actions are being taken in an effort to safeguard the health of all City employees, their families and the community,” Freenock said. “We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.”

Northwest Bank also has announced that effective Monday “our branch lobbies will be available by appointment only during normal business hours,” per a statement on their website. “We encourages you to use our drive throughs, which will be open during normal business hours, and alternate banking channels like online and mobile banking and our ATM network.”

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