The Cook County Board of Commissioners has voted to restrict public access to county buildings, beginning noon Wednesday until further notice.

Essential county operations will continue, according to a news release. The county administrator has been directed to work with department heads to determine how to continue to carry out essential services without requiring the public to enter the building.

The county administrator has also been directed to publicize how people should use the modified services, once those procedures are established.

The Cook County sheriff will assist in screening procedures required by the Minnesota Judicial Branch in order to reduce likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in the courthouse.

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