Rogers County Assessor Scott Marsh has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Assessor’s Office in the courthouse will be closed next week for cleaning, while employees self-quarantine in their homes and each undergo two COVID tests.
Personally, Marsh said, his symptoms remain relatively mild, though he and his doctor are keeping a close eye on them.
“It feels like the flu, except I’m more tired,” Marsh said. “It really hit me hard Tuesday. Over the weekend it felt like I had allergies … but then by Monday night I started running a low-grade fever.”
Marsh took off work Tuesday to get tested and has been quarantined since.
Marsh said he will continue to offer assistance virtually to anyone with property assessment and paperwork questions.
“I’ve got my work laptop, so I can do everything I could do there, here,” Marsh said. “This is going to be a remote office, except for when I am not feeling well.”
All forms are available online for people to download, fill out, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who needs assistance can call and leave a message at 918-923-4415 and someone will respond within a reasonable time frame.
“The good news is, we’re at a period of time in our office which is the lowest of the year. We don’t have any major deadlines, those have all past,” Marsh said.
The reopening date for the Assessor’s Office will depend on the test results for the other office employees.
“We’re going to go by the recommendations of the health department,” Marsh said. “I do not want to jeopardize anybody. The work will get done regardless. It may be a minor inconvenience for some people, but it’s better to have a small inconvenience now than a catastrophic situation. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if somebody got really sick or died.”
“The health side of it is the most important thing right now,” Marsh said. “We’ll get through it eventually.”