UPDATE: BC Sheriff’s Office in Kennewick re-opens from COVID-19 exposure

Benton County

UPDATE at 8:38 a.m. on August 5: The Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Kennewick has re-opened for lobby contacts, according to a Facebook post by local authorities.

Originally, the sheriff’s office announced the closure would last through mid-August. There is no word on whether the Prosser office will re-open to the public. In the Facebook post, the BCSO said “Thank you again for your support and understanding during this brief closure.”

This story is still developing. An update and/or follow-up will be issued when more information is announced.


BENTON COUNTY, Wash. — The Prosser and Kennewick locations of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office will be closed from Friday, July 30 until Monday, August 16 after a large portion of the staff was exposed to COVID-19.

According to a Facebook post by the Sheriff’s Office, the closure is taking effect immediately because of low staffing levels caused by exposure to the coronavirus. They included the following statement in the post:

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but to minimize the risk to the community and our employees it is necessary to keep everyone safe. We will keep you posted on any changes to the above closure dates. Thank you for your continued support.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued if further details are revealed.

RECENT NEWS HEADLINES FROM THE KAPP-KVEW NEWS STAFF:

RELATED: Washington’s new police reform laws have good intentions and hazardous consequences