Dauphin County government and courthouse to reopen to the public

HARRISBURG, PA (July 2, 2020) –Following a thorough cleaning in all public areas, Dauphin County will open the Courthouse and all magisterial district judge offices to the public on July 6. The downtown Administration Building, Northern Dauphin Human Services Center and most other county agencies will reopen July 13.

Those entering county buildings are required to wear masks and staff will wear face coverings when interacting with the public. At the Courthouse, temperature checks will be done at the entrance.

“We are committed to the health and safety of our staff and the public,’’ said board Chairman Jeff Haste. “Where needed, we have installed plexiglass shields and are making sure we have sufficient cleaning materials and personal protective equipment for employees.’’

Additionally, the county will: monitor the temperature and health of employees and vendors; restrict gatherings to 10 or fewer; limit non-essential travel; use virtual meetings when possible and continue telecommuting where practicable; increase the frequency of building cleaning; and follow all other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

“COVID-19 remains a serious concern,” said Commissioner Mike Pries. “As we start to reopen, we’re taking all the proper precautions to keep everyone safe.”

To help maintain social distancing, some public areas will remain closed. Residents are encouraged to call the office in which they are conducting business prior to arriving. Certain offices, such as the county Treasurer and Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, will not accept cash to limit interaction. As in many stores, the county is using signs and decals to help those waiting for service maintain safe separation from others in line.

“These are difficult times and we ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation, especially regarding the need to wear a mask,’’ said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III. “All of us have a role to play in fighting the coronavirus and doing all we can to prevent any spikes that could further hurt our community.’’

The following is a full list of when buildings/departments are reopening:

July 6

All Magisterial District Judge offices

Dauphin Courthouse

101 Market Street, Harrisburg 17101

Agencies/services reopening include:

  • Elected Row Offices

Ø  Clerk of Courts

Ø  Controller

Ø  District Attorney

Ø  Prothonotary

Ø  Recorder of Deeds

Ø  Register of Wills

Ø  Sheriff

Ø  Treasurer

  • Law Library
  • Court Reporters
  • Fines & Costs
  • Common Pleas Court
  • Court Administrator
  • Victim Witness

Dauphin County Department of Community & Economic Development

Dauphin County Veterans Memorial Building, 112 Market Street, Harrisburg 17101

July 13

Dauphin County Administration Building

2 South Second Street, Harrisburg 17101

Agencies/services include:

  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Human Services
  • Human Resources
  • Commissioners
  • Budget and Finance
  • Tax Assessment/Claims
  • Purchasing
  • Veterans Affairs

Dauphin County Children & Youth Services

1001 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg 17102

Dauphin County Coroner

1271 S 28th St # 3, Harrisburg 17111

100 Chestnut Street, Harrisburg 17101

Agencies/services include:

  • Pre-trial Services
  • Probation
  • Office of Mental Health / Autism / Developmental Programs

Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol

1100 S. Cameron Street, Harrisburg 17101 

Dauphin County Domestic Relations

25 S. Front Street, Harrisburg 17101

Tri-County Regional Planning

Dauphin County Veterans Memorial Building, 112 Market Street, Harrisburg 17101

July 20

Dauphin County Conservation District

1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin 17018

In keeping with state guidance, the Dauphin County Prison will continue to operate under its pandemic plan and remains closed to visitors.

The Steelton-based Dauphin County Recycling Center reopened on June 15 for curbside drop-off of electronics, scrap metal and other items. The facility is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The commissioners’ weekly meeting on Wednesday, July 8 will be open to the public by conference call. For call-in information, visit www.DauphinCounty.org/publicmeeting. Starting July 15, residents will be able to attend in person.

Dauphin County government offices have been closed since mid-March in response to the statewide stay-at-home order and effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.