County courthouse to remain closed

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Posted: Friday, May 1, 2020 5:51 am

Officials in Traill County have squashed circulating rumors that the Traill County Courthouse will open today (Friday) as part of the state’s Smart Restart initiative.

County commissioners agreed Wednesday to keep the courthouse building in Hillsboro closed indefinitely to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

County Board Chair Tom Eblen voiced support for keeping the facility locked to visitors.

“We have it closed and it’s working,” Eblen said. “Until we have really solid information on where this is all going … in my mind, we won’t be making a change.”

Ben Gates, the county’s assistant emergency manager, said neighboring Steele County took a similar tactic this week to slow COVID-19.

Traill County remained one of 18 counties in the state Wednesday without a confirmed case of COVID-19, despite an increase in positive cases across North Dakota.

The state Department of Health confirmed 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state’s number of total cases to 1,033.

Brenda Stallman, director of Traill District Health, said comprehensive testing of residents and staff at Hatton Prairie Village nursing home April 24 came back without any positive tests.

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