Chelan County sheriff’s office closes doors over COVID-19 staff impact

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WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office closed its main Wenatchee offices Thursday due to COVID-19, and expects the facility to remain shuttered through the week.

“Unfortunately, we have had to close our Wenatchee office for the remainder of this week due to COVID effecting (sic) our staffing levels,” the department said in a Facebook post shortly after 9 a.m. “We will be unable to accept in-person records requests or process CPL (concealed pistol license) applications during the closure.”

Sheriff Brian Burnett said this afternoon the offices will undergo cleaning and air treatment after at least one employee was exposed to a patient with a positive COVID-19 status, and then had contact with others in the office.

“We followed up with CDHD (Chelan-Douglas Health District) and H.R. (human Resources) and followed their protocols,” Burnett said. “We wanted to put some things in place to protect both our employees and citizens.”

Like other public offices, the sheriff’s department was previously closed to visitors from mid-March to mid-May as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. One member of the sheriff’s patrol division tested positive for the virus in late April, but later recovered and returned to work.

Burnett said he’s not sure when the closure will be lifted. “I don’t think it will be long-term. I would say a week or two at the most.”