Three Courier employees test positive for coronavirus

Three employees of The Courier have tested positive for COVID-19.
Until further notice, the newspaper’s Wednesday afternoon and evening tradition of selling copies of the latest edition through the office’s open front door is suspended. Newspapers remain available at the racks in front of The Courier office and can be purchased with four quarters.
“Fortunately, the three staff members are all experiencing minimal or no symptoms so far and are continuing to work from home,” said Courier Editor Ron Schaming on Wednesday.
Because of the coronavirus situation, only a skeleton crew of three adults will be working in the mailroom today, assembling the inserts, sticking on mailing labels and while masked, delivering the newspapers to stores and post offices.
“For decades we’ve employed teenagers to work a few hours in the mailroom on Wednesdays in what is often their first job, but just for now we’re telling the kids to stay home until the situation improves,” Schaming noted.
The mailroom’s goal is to get subscribers’ newspapers to the various post offices on schedule for regular Thursday delivery locally. All subscribers also have access to the complete edition online, upon activation, by calling 731-925-6397. Delivery to some store racks, especially those in outlying areas, may not be complete until Thursday.
The Courier, established in 1884, is continuing to publish on its regular weekly schedule.
“For those working remotely, it’s far from an ideal situation, but the staff is determined to carry on with the responsibility of bringing the local news and important information from area businesses to the people of Hardin County. We appreciate everyone’s continued support during these trying times,” Schaming said.

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