McDONOUGH — The Henry County Board of Commissioners regular March 2 meeting has been postponed due to a conflict.

The meeting has been rescheduled for March 9 at 9 a.m.

BOC Chair Carlotta Harrell said she met with county staff to ensure there was nothing pressing or considered an emergency on the agenda that would put the county in jeopardy if the meeting was postponed.

“Our county is functioning and accomplishing our day-to-day business,” Harrell said.

The board’s Feb. 16 meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19, following the diagnosis and hospitalization of Commissioner Gary Barham.

Barham remains hospitalized on a ventilator at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center.

Harrell said she chose to cancel the Feb. 16 meeting because so many county employees were contracting the virus, despite safety procedures in place to allow the building to be sanitized.

The county’s administration building, Harrell noted, is open to the public.

Though meetings are held virtually, several staff members are required to be on hand to give presentations and answer board questions. Information technology employees must also be in the building to manage the meeting.

County staff members are currently working on a hybrid schedule; some are in the building while others work from home.

Harrell said Tuesday she expects the hybrid schedule to continue through March as well as BOC meetings remaining virtual.

“We’re still in a pandemic, and we’ll reassess at the end of March to see where we are,” she said.

To read agendas and watch the meetings, visit www.co.henry.ga.us and select agenda/minutes.

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