The Vance County Animal Shelter is closed until further notice because one of its staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

HENDERSON — The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has impacted another local service as a staff member of the Vance County Animal Shelter, now closed until further notice, tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are trying to do everything in our power to get back open,” Chief of Animal Services Frankie Nobles said. “We all are going to be tested. So just as soon as we can, we’ll be back open.”

The shelter closed Tuesday, and in fact never opened that day because of the COVID-19 exposure.

Nobles said he has talked to the staff who tested positive. That person is quarantined for “right now anyway,” Nobles said on Tuesday.

Despite the closure, some work is still happening.

To the questions of what’s going to happen to the shelter animals and whether they have a place to stay, Nobles said staff are still going to be coming to the shelter to “clean and back, but that’s it.” There won’t be any “stopping” or anything like that.

The Friends of Vance County Animal Shelter on their Facebook page added that “all our pets are safe and being cared for.”

Beyond that, Nobles said the staff won’t run anything but emergency calls. It has to be a “true emergency” for officers to run calls right now because the animal-control staff is trying everything it can to limit “our person-to-person contact.”

“We definitely recommend, just like the [Granville-Vance] health department is saying, please wear your mask, wash your hands, that kind of thing,” he said. “I know sometimes people get irritated with them, but we feel like it does help.”