WEDOWEE - At Monday's meeting of Randolph County Commission, a resolution was adopted changing some items in the COVID-19 guidelines passed in July 2020.
According to county financial officer Travis Heard, different resolutions were passed last year and the new one combines the others into one. "There are not that many changes, but we found some items we needed to change to make it safer for all citizens who have business at the courthouse, the annex and the highway department. It will protect employees as well." Some of the changes from the prior resolution and important items from the former resolutions include:
- Employees and citizens entering county buildings with a temperature of 99 degrees or higher will not be granted access. (Changed)
- Screening questions must be answered verbally, such as have you been asked to quarantine and have you been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID? (Changed)
- Only the person conducting business will be allowed to enter.
- Facemasks are urged.
- Social distancing signs must be followed.
- Only two people will be allowed to wait in the lobby and at the counters at the Revenue Commissioner's Office and the Probate Judge's office.
- Persons with business with the Circuit Clerk or court system must use the rear entrance.
- All employees must adhere to the same temperature and screening guideline as the public.
- The new resolution will expire on March 31.
District Judge concerns
Randolph County District Judge Amy Newsome address the commission on Monday's meeting to discuss four items. First, the judge said the county has been selected for a reading initiative for fourth-grade students with a grant available up to $20,000. "The number of children this age that cannot read up to the standard is distressing to me," the judge said. "Alabama is ranked 49 out of the 50 states on reading, and we hope to get the grant to improve reading skills."