CATLETTSBURG The Boyd County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be offering drive-through service as of Monday, in an effort to prevent any spread of COVID-19.

The decision comes in the wake of ever-developing news about the outbreak. Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods said he wanted to cut down any possibility of office staff contracting the virus and giving it to deputies, who are still on the road maintaining law and order.

“That stuff could possibly be living on the mail, so I got to thinking about it and decided if we can cut down on the chance of one person catching it and spreading it here, we better do it,” Woods said late Saturday.

Taxpayers may still mail their payments into the office, but Woods said they would not processed for at least two weeks. He said in light of waivers issued on driver’s licenses and registration fees by Gov. Andy Beshear, he foresees a waiver on late fees for taxes, although those plans have not been finalized.

“With everything going on, it’s not the taxpayers’ fault if they can’t get it in because of this,” Woods said. “They’re going to have to waive it.”

Woods said the office staff, consisting of three full-time employees and one part-time worker, will be asked to work from home as much as possible. Woods said the employees will “be taken care of,” to prevent loss of wages, citing sick days and vacation time offered by the office.

The sheriff’s office is still fulfilling law enforcement duties, Woods said. Last week, the sheriff announced his deputies would be answering calls for felonies, domestic violence, crimes in progress, mental health petitions and other emergency situations. Property theft reports would be taken over the phone in order to prevent contamination. Deputies are still patrolling the county for DUIs and reckless driving, he said.

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