HENDERSON — The Vance County Animal Shelter remains closed to the public after a staff member tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

But Chief of Animal Services Frankie Nobles is hopeful it will reopen soon. The quarantine period for the staff member who tested positive ends on Jan. 7, he said.

“All staff are being tested. In fact, we’re waiting on results,” Nobles said.

After the results are in, he will contact the Health Department for guidance.

Meanwhile, the staff has been busy, cleaning cages and walking the dogs, he said.

Under ordinary circumstances, the shelter provides rabies shots for dogs and cats, investigates complaints of animal cruelty and picks up stray animals, Those services are currently on hold.

While the shelter is shut down, Nobles said, the staff can respond only to genuine emergencies.