Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Enhanced Entry Screening Services in Court Facilities

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In accordance with the safety and mitigation measures in the Court’s Plan for Phased Resumption of Operations, the Court will begin enhanced entry screening services on Monday, July 20, 2020 in each courthouse. All individuals including judicial officers, employees, contractors, jurors, and members of the public, will be required to undergo screening in order to seek entry to a courthouse. The screening process will include a temperature check with a no contact thermometer and five health screening questions, listed below.

  1. Are you experiencing any new or unexpected symptoms of COVID-19? The symptoms are; new cough, sore throat, muscle aches or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, feeling feverish, difficulty breathing, and/or new loss of taste or smell.
  2. Within the last 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (meaning within six feet or closer) with a person you know to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19?
  3. In the last 14 days, have you received instructions from a public health authority to self-observe, self-isolate, or self-quarantine?
  4. Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (including fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, or loss of taste or smell)?
  5. Have you taken medication in order to reduce a fever in the last 24 hours?

The total process will take approximately a minute and a half per person. If the temperature check and answers meet the requirements, a wristband will be issued to the individual which will indicate that they are permitted entry into the courthouse. Anyone with a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4° F or answered “yes” to any of the screening questions will not be permitted to enter a courthouse.

Kiry K. Gray
District Court Executive/Clerk of Court
July 17, 2020