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County to keep offices closed to public

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Chaves County has made a decision to keep its buildings closed to the public, except by appointment.

“I believe that we will hold out a little longer to see what happens,” said Bill Williams, interim county manager and director of public services. “We are just trying to be cautious and make sure our staff is all safe. The public, they can still make appointments to get in.”

The county has posted phone numbers for all of its public-serving departments on its Facebook page. Phone numbers are also available on its website, chavescounty.gov.

People can make appointments to meet with staff in person if their service needs cannot be met online or by phone. The Clerk’s Office and the Treasurer’s Office also have drive-up windows for service and payments, including property tax payments.

Williams said the county isn’t sure when offices will reopen. He thought it might be possible that full reopening of the county’s main building, the Chaves County Administrative Center at 1 St. Mary’s Place, could occur after the county moves into the “green” risk level established by the state.

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Chaves County and 31 other counties are in the red, or “very high risk” level, in the state’s new system for determining some of the COVID-19 public health restrictions on business activity, mass gatherings and other public activities.

To be at the green, or “medium” risk level, counties need to have eight or fewer COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population during a 14-day period and have a 5% or less positivity rate concerning its COVID-19 tests. Chaves County’s positivity rate is 25.4% and its incidence rate is 174.7 per 100,000 people.