Halifax sheriff relieved to have all who suffered from COVID back at work
Posted November 18, 2020 4:53 p.m. EST
Updated November 18, 2020 6:12 p.m. EST
Halifax, N.C. — When the coronavirus swept through the Halifax County Sheriff's Office, it hit hard. Fifteen people – deputies, officers, staff – tested positive in the month of October, and three spent time in the hospital.
On Wednesday, Sheriff Wes Tripp was pleased to share that all were back on the job.
While dealing with coronavirus cases in-house, Tripp is also trying to educate his neighbors in how to prevent the spread. He says his office is not the mask police, but if someone calls with a complaint about a business, his deputies will respond, first with a verbal warning.
"If we had to return, we'd write a written warning, but we have not written any citations," Tripp said. And he doesn't think it will come to that. Businesses, he says, have cooperated.
He's pleased when restaurants, like the Hen and the Hog in Halifax, post signs saying "Wear A Mask."
Owner Patterson Wilson says customer refusals are rare. "Most people have been happy to comply," he said.
Tripp said none of his staff who work outside the building on Ferrell Lane have tested positive for coronavirus.
"At no time have we had any of our citizens in danger from those deputies who contracted COVID," he said.