The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services agencies have temporarily closed doors to their offices to the public to help prevent novel coronavirus spread.

Both headquarters are in the Cherokee County Public Safety Facility, 150 Chattin Drive, Canton.

Sheriff’s Office precincts and county fire stations are also closed to the public, except in certain emergency situations, officials said.

“We wanted to update the public on some additional changes the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has made to decrease the chance of the spread of COVID-19. We will be temporarily locking the front doors to our headquarters and precincts,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said Tuesday.

According to Baker:

Anyone needing sheriff’s office reports should call 678-493-4140, Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to have reports emailed or faxed.

Anyone needing to pick up evidence, civil papers or post bond for an inmate is asked push the button on the exterior of the building. Anyone entering the building will be screened, including CSO employees.

The jail’s video visitation center will remain open, but the department is encouraging family and friends to use online visitation. To do so go to www.iwebvisit.com.

“Despite the changes at headquarters and our precincts, please know that we are still here to serve the public and our deputies are on patrol. If you find yourself in an emergency situation do not hesitate to call 911,” Baker said. “We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may have on the public, but we want to do our part to curb the spread of this virus.”

For anyone who needs fire reports, to make an open records request, EMS Medical Records/Billing, or other records should visit www.cherokeecountyfire.org/ or cherokeecountyga.nextrequest.com.

Headquarters personnel can also be reached by telephone by calling 678-493-4000 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The county’s fire stations are temporarily closed to the public, the department said in a social media post. “This includes scheduled and non-scheduled station tours, family visits, fire safety tours etc. This does not include people arriving at the fire station with an emergency needing assistance. We ask those with flu like symptoms to not enter the fire station. If contact is made, immediately inform our fire personnel of the symptoms,” officials said.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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