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The COVID-19 surge leads the Jackson Co. Board to declare a disaster and to meet remotely

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The Jackson County Board will switch to remote meetings due to the increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the local area.

To adhere with the Illinois Open Meetings Act, Board Chairman Keith Larkin has declared Jackson County in a disaster which will allow for the County Board meetings to be held remotely.

Tuesday night’s County Board meeting has been cancelled and is being rescheduled for January 26th at 6pm.

All offices and staff will continue to perform essential duties and mandated functions.

The Jackson County Courts remain open. Most hearings are being conducted by Zoom in a virtual courtroom.

A limited number of hearings will continue to be conducted in-person. The Office of the Courts and the Office of the Circuit Clerk will be open by telephone during normal business hours.

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