Local government officials say your government is still very much functioning, but they have enacted closed door policies in response to the threat of Covid-19, commonly known as Coronavirus. Those closed door policies are now in effect at the Jasper County Clerk’s Office, the Jasper County District Clerk’s Office, and at Jasper City Hall.

According to County Clerk Debbie Newman and District Clerk Kathy Kent, their staff is still working and performing the functions of their offices to serve the public. However, both ladies said that their doors are now locked and they’re not allowing anyone in unless their matter is of utmost importance and if they call to make a pre-arrangement to be there.

Otherwise, Newman and Kent said that most business with their offices can be handled over the phone and their staff will assist the public with their needs. The number to the County Clerk’s Office is 409-384-2632, and the number to the District Clerk’s Office is 409-384-2721.

Additionally, Newman said that a member of her staff recently attended a wedding in Colorado and was unknowingly exposed to up to seventy cases of possible Coronavirus. Newman said although the employee has shown no signs of the illness, out of precaution that employee has not come back to work and is instead self-quarantined at home.

Meanwhile, Jasper City Hall has also announced a closed door policy, while emphasizing that they are still on the job and functioning to serve the public. City Secretary Karen Pumphrey says that all bills can be paid at the drive-thru window. Otherwise, you can call City Hall at 409-384-4651.

Additionally, Pumphrey said that the city has temporarily stopped rentals of the Sandy Creek Park Pavilion.

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