RICHMOND — The Richmond Town Office will be closed this week because staff members have come into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Town Manager Laurisa Loon announced via email Monday that town employees would be working from home and checking messages.

“A majority of the office was in close contact, so we had to quarantine,” Loon wrote. “I have another on vacation. That would leave one employee to handle the front office, and I didn’t want her working alone.”

Many services can be accessed through the town’s website (, including vehicle registrations, license renewals, tax payments and absentee ballot requests.

Loon said the Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday should not be affected, and the board is expected to meet in the conference room.

The Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention reported 585 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, along with seven additional deaths, a day after Maine passed the 100,000-case threshold. The agency does not process COVID-19 tests on weekends, so updated numbers will be available Tuesday.


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