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County seeks staffing answers due to COVID-19 concerns

Copiah County supervisors are trying to determine how to approach staffing of county offices, given concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak. Board members discussed staffing levels, minimal staffing, and alternatives to doing business in person during their regular monthly meeting Monday. In order for employees who are placed on leave to be paid while they are at home, supervisors need to adopt a policy under an emergency order allowing it. The idea was tabled until the meeting planned for Friday, and department heads were told to get together and develop a plan that will address adequate staffing levels to provide county services to citizens. Once the options are laid out, board members will make a decision on how to proceed. Under emergency orders currently in place, staffing levels can be reduced to essential employees, and others can be sent home with pay. Some departments can reduce the number of people working, but others will have a hard time doing so. The reduced staffing levels are designed to reduce exposure to coronavirus and slow its spread. As of Tuesday morning, Copiah County has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Mississippi Department of Health. Railroad Safety at Hartley Lane Board members recessed until 9 a.m Friday morning.

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