The Federal District Courthouse in Plano was closed Wednesday after it was determined that a person who had been at the courthouse had received a presumptive positive diagnosis for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The federal Courthouse in Sherman remains open as do those in Beaumont, Lufkin, Marshall, Texarkana, and Tyler.
The Divisional Standing Order posted on the Eastern District of Texas website said that the Plano court would remain closed until April 1.
“All civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-Court appearance before any district or magistrate judge in the Plano Courthouse, including any associated deadlines, are CONTINUED until further notification,” the notice said.
All of the remaining federal district courts in the Eastern District of Texas are subject to all subject to the limitations described in the Court’s General order. Plano Courthouse staff will practice self-isolation for the next 14 days and telework. Plano Courthouse visitors who were present at the Courthouse at 10 a.m. or thereafter on March 18, are recommended to practice self-isolation, monitor for symptoms and seek medical attention as a precaution, as directed by their healthcare provider.
In a previous order, the Eastern District of Texas limited the people who may enter a federal courthouse in the district as follows:
• Persons who have traveled to any of the following countries within the preceding 14 days: People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, or Western Europe.
• Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to one of the countries listed above within the preceding 14 days.
• Persons who a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, hospital or public health agency has directed to self-quarantine, during such period of self quarantining.
• Persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and who have not obtained express medical verification as now being non-communicative/noncontagious from a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, hospital or public health agency.
• Persons who present for entry to any such court facility and exhibit fever, cough or shortness of breath.
The order said that all court security officers acting within EDTX, shall deny entry to anyone attempting to enter any such court facility in violation of these protocols.
Those people who are scheduled or required to appear in district court, magistrate court or bankruptcy court during the period of this order and are unable to gain entry because of these targeted visitor restrictions, should proceed as follows:
• If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney.
• If you are an attorney scheduled to appear in court before a judge, please contact the respective chambers directly by telephone. Telephone contact information for the District Court is available at: http://www.txed.uscourts.gov/. Telephone contact information for the Bankruptcy Court is available at: https://www.txeb.uscourts.gov/.
• If you are scheduled to meet with a probation or pretrial services officer, please contact the Probation and Pretrial Services Office directly for guidance and instructions.
• For any other District Court matters, please contact the EDTX Clerk of Court at 903- 590-1111 in Tyler or the Deputy Clerk in Charge within the applicable division.
• For any other Bankruptcy Court matters, please contact the Clerk of Court at 903-590-3200.
Unless the order is extended by subsequent order, these restrictions shall remain in place until May 1, when they shall automatically expire.
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