Vinton County Sheriff Shawn Justice has announced the Sheriff’s Office has instituted the following measures due to the coronavirus situation:

“These are preventative measures to try to minimize employees and the public getting this virus. THIS WILL NOT prevent you from receiving law enforcement services,” said Sheriff Shawn Justice.

With the presence of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the United States and the State of Ohio, several agencies are implementing preventative measures. These measures are in place to help prevent the spread of this virus. As you may be aware, COVID-19 can be carried by individuals who show no symptoms, and thus transmitted to others.

After careful consideration, we have decided to take the proactive steps listed below until further notice. These measures WILL NOT affect the deputies in protecting the public or assisting the public.

*** The lobby to the Sheriff’s Office will be closed to the public. If you need assistance, you are asked to please call 740-596-5242 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.

*** The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office will not be processing background checks or concealed carry applications/renewals until further notice. If you have questions, please call Deputy Lacey Casto at 740-596-5242 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or email at Applications already submitted will be processed as usual. If your CCW license is set to expire, you have 30 days to renew. If you are close to the 30-day notice, call Deputy Casto and arrangements can be made.

*** Non-emergency reports will be taken over the phone. The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office will still respond to reports that need investigations, such as burglaries. “We will also continue to respond to all emergency calls as usual,” the Sheriff noted.

*** Dispatchers who receive calls from the public where a deputy is needed to respond will ask you if you or anyone in your household are exhibiting flu-like symptoms (which includes fever, coughing, or respiratory distress). They will also ask about recent travels you or anyone in your household may have taken. This WILL NOT prevent you from receiving law enforcement services but will help the deputies better prepare to assist you while keeping themselves protected.

“Thank you for your understanding and we are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause the citizens of Vinton County,” Sheriff Justice said. “We believe this proactive measure is best to protect our employees and the public, and to keep the Sheriff’s Office running in a proficient manner. Chief Deputy Cain and I will continue to work with state and county health officials to determine when this order can be lifted or if further action will need to be taken.”

Shawn Justice, Vinton County Sheriff