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Posted on: March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Updates


March 31, 2020 PUBLIC ADVISORY:
Taylor County Operational Guidelines Regard Covid-19
Taylor County has been actively following the progress of this viral illness and as of today, March 31, 2020, we have confirmed 14 positive COVID-19 cases, 157 pending and 223 negative results.  Commissioners Court met on March 26, 2020 in a Special Called Emergency Meeting at 2 p.m. to implement a  Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to Public Health Emergency to become effective immediately on March 26, 2020, and continue for 7 days.   On March 31, 2020, Taylor County Commissioners’ Court met in regular session and extended the Declaration of Local State of Disaster for 30 days, and goes into effect at 11:59 P.M. on March 31, 2020.  You can find further details on website and order under Public Notices.   


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 and only offering services by phone, mail, email or by appointment or scheduled court hearing.  All public will be required to take the COVID-19 Screening with Security at the entrances into the County buildings and only if you have a scheduled appointment or court hearing will you be allowed in efforts to protect our County employees.   If you are sick, running a fever, you will be not be allowed in the building for your appointment with any given Department.

 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, please call before you come to the Courthouse.  At this time, all Jury Trials have been cancelled Through May 1, 2020. 

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

•    Courts will be delaying jury trials until May 1, 2020 with some notable exceptions.  Some Hearings are still being held and scheduled. Call your attorney or the court to confirm the schedule as some courts will have hearings by telephone.

•   The 326th District Court (Family Court) and the Child Protection Court (CPS Court), and Associate Family Court are hearing cases by telephone, and you will need to contact your attorney or court to check for scheduling and procedures.  
Please call the Courthouse that may have scheduled court hearings for Family and CPS cases at
325-674-1325

The Commissioner’s Court will operate as scheduled but are requiring social distancing and have limited seating in the courtroom. Time sensitive hearings, will be conducted as scheduled  by phone, videoconferencing or by appointment.

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.

 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.

Regards,


Downing A. Bolls, Jr.

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