The Wayne County Register of Deeds Office remains closed through Wednesday after a report of a possible COVID-19 exposure risk.
The office is expected to reopen Thursday, the county public affairs office said.
“Wayne County Register of Deeds Constance Coram has announced that the Register of Deeds office will be closed until July 22, 2021,” the county said in a news release. “All questions regarding the Register of Deeds office should be directed to 919-731-1449.”
Tuesday’s news release did not specifically mention COVID-19. Coram was unavailable for comment at the office number provided.
The office closed around midday Monday after county officials learned about a possible risk of COVID-19 exposure. The office had been expected to reopen Tuesday, but did not.
“That was a decision made by the Register of Deeds,” Wayne County public affairs director Joel Gillie said Tuesday. “I just know she made the decision not to reopen until the 22nd.”
County officials had closed the office to undergo cleaning and disinfectant spraying. Gillie said Tuesday the cleaning and disinfecting had been completed.
The county sent out a notice at 12:15 p.m. Monday about the potential COVID-19 exposure. The possibility of exposure was discovered through contact tracing by the Health Department, Gillie said Monday. A person who tested positive for COVID-19 had been at the register of deeds office.
Specific information about the case is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.
The register of deeds office is located inside the Wayne County Courthouse.
Gillie said Monday that county officials knew of no wider risk to the general public from the register of deeds incident at this time.