Local Coronavirus Updates: New Hours and Cancellations

Administrative offices are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those without urgent business are being encouraged to wait.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office – there will be an increased law enforcement presence in the county during this time. The office, however, will be closed to the public until further notice. If you need a report, contact them at (256)845-3801. Pistol Permits will only be renewed or issued online, by visiting http://www.dekalbcountysheriff.org and choosing the “Pistol Permit” section from the left side menu. If you are using a mobile device, you must choose the “Full Site” to find this option. In the Detention Center, Corrections Officers have already begun screening inmates upon admittance for symptoms. Recommendations from the Alabama Department of Public Health are being followed. All inmate visitation will be handled remotely at http://www.jailfunds.com until further notice. Call the jail at (256)845-8565 for bond information.

DeKalb County Board of Education is closed until April 6th. Starting March 23, meals will be provided at a pickup sight in each town near a school between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children under 18 years of age may receive a meal whether they are DeKalb County students or not. The pickup sites and schedule are posted at https://www.facebook.com/dekalbalabamaschools/.

Fort Payne City Schools: Schools are closed until April 6th.

Three buses will also bring students meals to eat Monday-Friday (including during Spring Break) to the following Breakfast/Lunch Pick-Up locations:

– 11:00-11:15 a.m.: Fort Payne Walking Park and 13th Street Apartments;

– 11:00-11:30 a.m.: Five Points Bus Stop (bus pull off area on Dogtown Road);

– 11:30-11:45 a.m.: Stewart Court Apartments and Fort Payne Church of Christ;

– 12:00-12:15 p.m.: Mountain Trace apartments;

– 12:00-12:30 p.m.: Green Acres Trailer Park and Fischer Store (formerly the Fisher Rescue Squad);

– 12:45-1:00 p.m.: Fort Payne Family Worship Center at Pine Hills, Cherokee Trailer Park/Deerfield Apartments (changed from Briarwood Apartments) and Hixon Pond Apartments; and

– 1:15-1:30 p.m.: Beason Gap Apartments;

– Additionally, students can pick-up lunch from Fort Payne Middle School, Williams Avenue Elementary School and Wills Valley Elementary School between 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For full details, visit https://www.fpcsk12.com/.

• The list of mandated Alabama school closures now includes all private schools, Pre-K and most day cares – with the exception is for on-site child care facilities at hospitals.

DeKalb County Commission - Administrative offices are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those without urgent business are being encouraged to wait. The regularly scheduled commission meeting on March 24th has been canceled. Meetings in the future will be reviewed as necessary.

The DeKalb County Courthouse: Until April 16th, the Courthouse will be open on a modified schedule from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People seeking entrance to the courthouse will be screened by security at the door for symptoms. Admittance will be limited to those with pertinent business at the courthouse, meaning that only those necessary will be admitted and family/friends may be asked to wait outside.

DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency: The EMA is available 24-7 by calling (256) 845-8569. EMA staff will also be available during the operating hours of the Activities Building of 10-2.

City of Fort Payne: Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser stated that the Recreation Center, Golf Course, and Coal & Iron Building will all remain closed until further notice. Events scheduled during this time will be re-scheduled. The parks in the city will remain open.

• Restaurants, bars and breweries: State officials recommend these businesses offer take-out only with very few exceptions to limit person-to-person contact. This has been mandated in a handful of Alabama counties, not yet including DeKalb County.

ABC Stores Statewide: Some of the 250 stores liquor stores are closed temporarily while others are cutting back hours to 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and imposing changes like a limit of five customers inside a store at one time. Customers will not be allowed to pull their own product and are asked to pay with a credit card, if possible. If cash must be used, customers should place their money on the counter and workers will return their change in the same way.

The DeKalb County Public Library is closed until further notice.

The DeKalb County Democratic Club is canceling all its events and office hours through the end of March in the interests of the health and safety of the people of DeKalb County. This includes Movie Night, Ribbon Cutting, Voter Registration, and Women’s History Month Concert. Plans for April will be announced here and also on their Facebook page.

• Based on an order entered this evening from the Supreme Court of Alabama, all court hearings and trials with limited exceptions will be suspended until April 16. County officials will provide information soon on those cases within the exceptions that will proceed. This applies to cases in all courts, including circuit, district, juvenile, probate, municipal and appellate.

Absentee voting is encouraged during the runoff election on July 14 due to the issues surrounding coronavirus. It is important for everyone to understand the only true method of controlling any virus is social distancing and self-isolation. For more information, visit sos.alabama.gov.

• This month’s Third Saturday Sunset Cruise-in has been canceled. The next event is still scheduled for April 18.

CASA of DeKalb provides food and other services to the elderly all year long. They accept non-perishable food items or monetary donations. They are located at the bottom of Beasons Gap at 2000 Watkins Avenue N.E. Fort Payne. They also have a food bin at the entrance of Bruce’s Foodland in Fort Payne. Food donations can be left there.

DeKalb County Transportation and Council on Aging: Due to the State of Emergency, Closed for MOST services while DeKalb County Schools are closed. Hoping to restart all programs on April 6, 2020. Read below for more info on what services do not stop.

– No dance groups will meet this week. There will be no Tai Chi or Low Impact Exercise classes this week. We hope that everything will be able to restart the week 4/6/20.

– Prom will be moved to a different month.

– We expect Senior Centers and our Rural Public Transportation program to run normally Monday through Wednesday of this week. They will close Thursday (3/19/20) and not re-open until April 6.

– No groups will meet at the Council on Aging or Senior Centers between 3/19/20 and 4/5/20.

– Our SenioRx Prescription Assistance program will continue to work through the closing to ensure the clients receive their prescriptions. We will not see any clients in person, but will work over the phone with them as needed.

– We are working with another agency to provide food for transportation clients that do not have alternate transportation to grocery stores during our closing.

– Senior Center weekly meal clients will be provided food during the closing. On Tuesday, Managers will notify them and the volunteers that deliver meals of all the details regarding food during the closing.

– Participants of the monthly CSFP Food Boxes will pick their food up at their regular location, date, and time this month. The food will be brought to their car and placed in the trunk. Participants will not get out of their car or sign anything. They can show their ID through their car window.

Senior living facilities across the state are now limiting visitors, according to Alabama Department of Public Health recommendations and guidelines as most senior activity centers have closed for next several weeks.

• All residents are urged to make sure all household and commercial trash are bagged and sealed before it is placed into cans or dumpsters. This should always be done, but it is more important now than ever. Many of our city and county workers do not have the privilege to work from home. Please take this matter very seriously to ensure the safety of these employees.

City of Henagar: To limit possible exposure to sickness, those who need to pay bills or fines can do so online or make a credit card payment over the phone. Those paying by cash or check should utilize the drop box at City Hall if possible. Residents are also encouraged to call City Hall to see whether any pertinent business can be handled over the phone before coming in. 

The DeKalb County Alabama Animal Adoption Center: Closed to the public starting March 16 until further notice. Pictures of stray animals are posted on the cat room window to the right of the front door. If you are needing to reclaim your animal, please call 256-304-0474 with a complete description of the animal.

• The Community Egg Drop and Carnival at Mentone Community Church scheduled April 4 has been canceled.

• Many local churches have canceled Sunday, Wednesday and other services, along with events and other activities. Since there is not a complete list, check with your individual worship house or check their social media platforms. Many churches are currently live-streaming services on Facebook.

Has your event been cancelled due to coronavirus precautions? Are there service changes the public needs to be aware of in your community. Let us know by emailing your information to news@times-journal.com

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