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Lake County officials change building policies as COVID-19 cases rise

On Thursday, the Northeast Ohio county was moved into the level four/purple category by the Ohio Department of Health.

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — Lake County is buckling down after a recent exponential rise of COVID-19 cases within the county. 

On Friday, the Board of Lake County Commissioners issued a statement addressing the operation of public buildings moving forward. 

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"Due the increase in COVID-19 cases, effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. all County offices under the jurisdiction of the County Commissioners will adjust to an alternative service model and suspend public interface in county-owned facilities," a release from the county reads. 

The Board of Lake County Commissioners say that they have continued to consult with health officials, and that the safety of Lake County citizens is of the utmost importance. 

"Our goal is to maintain quality and timely services to the best of our ability during this unprecedented public health event, the board said in the press release, "In doing so, the County must also provide a safe working environment for our employees and visitors while adhering to the various local, state and federal public health protocols currently in place."

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Officials say that offices will continue with normal operating hours, but that call ahead scheduling to enter a building for a pre-scheduled appointment is now required. 

To find a list of updated policies and procedures, as well as a phone contact list to make a pre-scheduled appointment, click here

The county recently saw one of the largest spikes in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases within the state and on Thursday, was moved into the level four "purple" category (the highest level of spread) by the Ohio Department of Health.

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