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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Taylor County Operational Guidelines Regarding COVID-19

March 20, 2020 PUBLIC ADVISORY:
Taylor County Operational Guidelines Regard Covid-19
The Office of the Taylor County Judge and County Administration has received numerous calls and
questions today regarding the operation of the County next week as Texas continues to deal with the
effects and threat of Covid-19. While the state has taken some measures relevant to specific geographical locations (primarily
major metropolitan areas of the State with active infections), local jurisdictions remain to be the
best jurisdictions to deal with their specific threats.
Taylor County has been actively following the progress of this viral illness and will continue to
do so and will make adjustments to its operations as warranted. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Taylor County Courthouse, 1915 Courthouse and Plaza building will be closed to the Public and offer services by phone, email, mail or by appointment or a prescheduled court hearing.

The following questions and answers are current:
Q. Is the courthouse open?
A. Yes, the Taylor County Courthouse, the 1915 Courthouse, and County offices will be open to the public by phone, email, mail or appointment, or a prescheduled Court hearing.
 However, that being said, there will be signs on the doors advising you to avoid coming
into the building if you are experiencing a fever, are sick, etc. As per the current CDC
guidelines, the best steps to take are those that reduce exposure, so:

1) If you are sick, stay home.
2) If you are in an “at-risk” status, avoid large crowds and interacting with others unnecessarily.
3) Wash your hands with soap and water and disinfect your surroundings often. 

The county has been treating common spaces, doors, stairwell, etc. to minimize the risk of
infection. However, if you are at risk because of a lower immunity to sickness, stay home. If your
visit to the courthouse can be delayed a few weeks, wait to come at a later time.

Q. Will there be jury duty?
A. If you are summoned for jury duty, or received a jury summons for March, all Jury Trials have been postponed for the month of March.   Further direction will be determined at a later date.  Call 325-674-1272.

Q. Will there be trials?
A: The Taylor County Courts have made some changes effective immediately: They are as follows:

•    District Courts and County Courts at Law, Child Protective Service Courts of Taylor County will continue to have court hearings in a limited setting, by video-conferencing or telephonic hearings.  Contact your attorney, or the Court Administrator for further direction.

•   The Commissioner’s Court will operate as scheduled and may resort to live streaming the meetings. Time sensitive hearings, will be conducted by telephone or video-conferencing as scheduled until further notice.   Please call the Court Administrator.

Q. What about the jail and jail visitations?
A. The Taylor County Jail, effective immediately, is not open for visitation. No visitors are
allowed. The jail will continue to operate as a detention facility.

The emphasis continues to be on (1) containment and treatment. That will largely be accomplished
through self-initiated personal isolation and self- monitoring. It should be stressed that as
conditions change, so, too will be instructions to the public as we all work together to try to
remain ready to address new developments proactively.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation.


Downing A. Bolls, Jr.

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