March 28, 2020

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NEWS RELEASE

MARCH 27, 2020

UNION COUNTY COMMISSION

COVID 19 UPDATED RESPONSE

In order to address the continually changing COVID19 pandemic, the Union County Commission met on Friday March 27, 2020 at 1:00PM.

We would like to reiterate that the Union County Courthouse and all Union County facilities remain closed to walk-in business. Please contact the specific department that you are seeking service from by telephone PRIOR to your arrival at the courthouse or county facility. The staff from that office will determine the best possible way for you to receive the services that you require. If an in person appointment is needed, the staff will conduct pre-screening with you over the telephone. Additional screening may take place at each county facility if an appointment is absolutely needed.

At the direction of the Union County Commission, county department heads have implemented minimized and rotational staffing plans for their respective departments to reduce social contact in accordance advice issued by the CDC and South Dakota Department of Health.

Union County also asks that all individuals and businesses within Union County familiarize themselves with the published precautions from the South Dakota Department of Health and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the transmission of the COVID19 virus.

 Please click here to view the Resolution:  Resolution – March 27 2020 (7)

https://doh.sd.gov/news/coronavirus.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

 

3/17/2020 Union County has declared a public emergency in response to the COVID-19 virus.

Please read the changes of status at the Union County Courthouse:

At a special meeting this morning (03-17-2020) the Union County Commissioners, along with department heads, met to discuss the Coronavirus epidemic. The discussion primarily concerned with steps we as a county could take to ensure the safety of our employees and citizens. The Coronavirus is spreading throughout the country with 10 cases now confirmed in South Dakota.

The Commissioners have decided to eliminate any non-essential business at the courthouse and minimize the amount of interactions to prevent putting others at risk. Our main priority is the safety of all citizens and the employees of Union County.

Beginning at 8:30 am on March 18, 2020, Union County will limit the access to the Union County Courthouse to essential business only. We ask all citizens to first call the county office that you need to do business with and set an appointment BEFORE you arrive at the courthouse. At that time a determination will be made whether or not an appointment is warranted. This will be up to the discretion of the department heads. We ask the public to please conduct as much county business as possible through the mail, over the phone, or online. Again, please call ahead before arriving at the courthouse or Sheriff’s Office.

The northeast courthouse door will remain open for entry and exit to the courthouse. However, there will be a staffed screening point set up at this door to determine final access into the courthouse. All other courthouse doors will be secured so that entry is only made through the northeast door. An employee of the department will then meet you at the screening table and escort you to their office for your appointment.

The Sheriff’s Office will remain staffed at all times but will not conduct non-essential duties such as: fingerprinting, pistol permits, or other non-essential items or duties. First responders are taking extra precautions to ensure their safety as well. If you have any sort of emergency and someone is experiencing a cold, flu, or flu like symptoms, PLEASE NOTIFY US so we can take the necessary precaution to ensure the safety of our first responders.

When calling 911 in an emergency, you will be asked questions related to COVID-19. This information will be used to prepare all of the first responders so they can take any precautions necessary before arriving at the scene.

Union County may change this policy at anytime as conditions warrant

AUDITOR.                                             605-356-2101
EXTENSION/4H/WEED BRD         605-356-2321
ASSESSOR/EQUALIZATION           605-356-2252
STATE’S ATTORNEY                          605-356-2666
TREASURER                                         605-356-2391
CLERK OF COURTS                            605-356-2132
REGISTER OF DEEDS                        605-356-2191
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT                605-356-2351
SHERIFF                                                 605-356-2679
HEALTH NURSE                                  605-356-2644
VETERANS SERVICES                        605-356-2181
EMERGENCY MANGEMENT            605-761-1812

ZONING                                                   605-356-3354

 Union County, created in 1862, organized in 1862, was originally named Cole County for Austin Cole, who was a member of the first Territorial Legislature. Two years later, the boundaries were rearranged and the name changed to Union because of sentiment for the Union side of the civil war. The county seat is located in Elk Point, and it also includes the communities of Alcester, Beresford, Dakota Dunes, Jefferson,  & North Sioux City.   We have a population of just under 15,000 people.  The county is bordered by Iowa and the Big Sioux River on it’s Eastern side & Nebraska and the Missouri River on it’s Southern side.  Interstate 29 runs through the county from North to South.