Adams County Emergency Alerts Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What Adams County residents need to know:

Following federal and state recommendations, and for the health, safety and welfare of our community, the Adams County Board of Commissioners and the Adams County Court of Common Pleas, is announcing the extension of county closure through April 10, 2020. All County Departments are remaining open on a work-at-home status through phone and email. Emergency Court proceedings and filings are taking place on a case by case basis. The Commissioners and Courts will re-evaluate the closure as this pandemic unfolds. All Adams County operations will continue, with some adjustments depending on department function.  
The Adams County Courthouse entrance will remain staffed by Security and open 10:00 – 3:30 for limited emergency Court hearings, orders, actions, filings.

Contact information below:


Weekly public meeting will be held bi-weekly.
April 1, 2020 Board of Commissioners Meeting has been CANCELLED.

In the interest of the health and safety of staff and the public, we are not permitting the public to attend the Adams County Commissioner’s meeting in person.  If you would like to make a public comment, please call 1-844-621-3956, enter meeting number: 479 516 558 # by 9:00 a.m.  We will answer your call and take your comment.  The County will record the meeting and post it on our website at the conclusion of the meeting for the public to view. 

Emergency Services
Department Of Emergency Services (911) Building which will be closed to all public gatherings.

Adult Correctional Complex
All visitation has been cancelled beginning on 3/16/2020 at 0800 hours until at least 4/13/2020. This restriction will be evaluated and information regarding ongoing restriction(s) will be posted here.
Re-Entry Center: Effective at midnight on March 17, 2020 the Adams County Re-Entry Center will be closed. There will be no releases approved into the community for a period of at least two weeks. This will be re-evaluated prior to the expiration of the two-week restriction period and updates to the status of the community Re-Entry Center will be made at that time.

Sheriff's Office 
Until further notice, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office will not be conducting fingerprint services for the general public. Please check back on the County Website and our Facebook page for future changes regarding fingerprinting services.
Sheriff Sale scheduled for March 20, 2020 is postponed until May 15, 2020.

Conservation District
Water testing samples WILL NOT BE COLLECTED at the Conservation District for March 25th, and until further notice. We will post when we are providing this service again.  If you wish to test your water, the number for LABS Inc. in New Oxford is 717-259-6550.
Adams County Conservation District's (ACCD) Tree Seedling Sale and Pickup is now CANCELLED for more details Click Here

Public Defender's Office
There will be no in-office appointments; however, clients will be permitted to schedule phone conferences. 


March 27, 2020
Adams County Board Updates

March 25, 2020
Adams County COVID-19 Update

March 18, 2020
Adams County Buildings To Close To The Public

March 17, 2020
Declaration of Disaster Emergency

March 13, 2020
Adams County Operational Update


Office of the County Solicitor
Please be advised that on March 18, 2020, the County of Adams activated its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) in response to the Commissioners’ Declaration of Emergency.  As such, only essential services are available.  The goal of this action is to mitigate the spread and reduce the severity of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and employees of Adams County.  Accordingly, the County’s Office of Open Records closed on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM. When the County resumes regular operations, we will consider all requests as having been received on that day.


Declaration of Judicial Emergency


Order of Court Impacting Court Operations



Coronavirus Information

Información sobre el coronavirus