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Polk County buildings closed until further notice, courthouse will remain open

Every building, excluding the courthouse, will remain closed to the public to assist in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

POLK COUNTY, IOWA, Iowa — The Polk County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that all county buildings will remain closed until further notice following an increase of COVID-19 cases in the county.

This excludes the Polk County Courthouse.

Data and recommendations from the Polk County Health Department will determine when the buildings can reopen, according to a release. 

Once buildings reopen, services will be provided by appointment only. 

The sheriff's office said these closings are to help in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect the health and safety of employees. 

They also said that it remains "critical" to continue practicing social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures at this time, like washing your hands and staying home when sick. 

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