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Directive COVID-19 Pandemic: Courthouse Staff Health Screening

Date: 07/09/2020
Organization: Trial Court Security Department
Referenced Sources: Trial Court Security Department

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COVID-19 Pandemic; Courthouse Staff Health Screening

  1. On July 13, 2020 the Trial Court will reopen courthouses to the public for limited in-person services and courtroom proceedings. In accordance with the Trial Court’s reopening plan, courthouse staff have been instructed to participate in a health screening administered by the Security Department upon their arrival at work. Security Department personnel shall conduct health screening of court staff and undergo health screening in accordance with this directive.
  2. Effective July 13, 2020, court officers and/or associates will be posted at the courthouse entry screening station to administer the health screening detailed in paragraphs (3) and (4). Officer(s) will be posted for this purpose beginning at 7:30 am on each business day until further notice. Court staff are permitted to enter the courthouse through staff entrances and if they do so are instructed to proceed immediately to the entry screening station to be health screened. Those that may arrive at work prior to 7:30am will be directed to socially distance from others until the health screening services are available and at that time proceed to be screened.
  3. The following health screening questions will be asked to court staff:
    1. Have you, a family member, or someone you live with tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    2. Are you currently experiencing, or have experienced within the last three days symptoms of COVID-19?1
    3. Have you or a family member been advised to self-quarantine by a health care provider within the last 14 days?
    4. Are you awaiting COVID-19 test results, live with, or been in contact with
      someone that is?
  4. Following satisfactory completion of the health screening questions an officer will use a handheld infrared thermometer, or other provided IR technology, to take the individual’s body temperature.
  5. Persons answering yes to any of the questions in paragraph 3, presenting with a body temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or refusing to complete the health screening shall be denied access to the courthouse and the person will be encouraged to seek medical guidance. In those instances where an elevated body temperature (EBT) is the sole reason for denial of entry, retesting should be conducted after at least 10 minutes to confirm the EBT. The immediate manager of any employee denied access due to a positive health screening will be immediately notified. A courthouse phone listing will be maintained at the entry screening station to facilitate this process.
  6. Officers operating infrared thermometers or other issued IR technology shall familiarize themselves with operation of the equipment by reviewing related training materials posted to the Learning Management System (LMS) or otherwise provided. Regional Directors of Security may authorize additional screening locations if personnel and equipment resources allow.

1 Symptoms of COVID-19 may include a fever, a severe cough, shortness of breath, chills, severe muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or extreme fatigue.

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