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MARYVILLE, Mo. — Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong announced a number of changes to procedures to limit contact during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a press release from Strong on Thursday afternoon, the sheriff’s office encourages residents who may have any questions to call the non-emergency line at 660-582-7451 instead of stopping by in person.

“We are implementing safety precautions during this pandemic to protect you and our staff from the spread of the disease,” Strong said. “Staff exposure to the virus would require us to quarantine that staff member for 14 days.”

During emergency 911 calls, callers should note if anyone in the household has a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Non-emergency calls for service will be evaluated to determine if a deputy can take a report over the phone to limit exposure and contact.

“Rest assured that a deputy will respond to your location if necessary,” Strong said in the release.

Strong also announced that concealed carry applications, jail visitations and fingerprinting services will be suspended until April 20, when the situation will be re-evaluated. Sex offender checks will be done by phone until that date as well.

The sheriff’s office will not be suspending patrol services.

“During this time of social isolation, remember to be kind to one another,” Strong said. “We will get through this.”

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