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COOKE COUNTY, TEXAS

05-18-2020

Most Cooke County facilities are open to the public without the requirement for an appointment as of Monday, May 18, 2020. Marriage License issuance will remain "by appointment only" in the County Clerk's office. Passport applications will remain "by appointment only" in the District Clerk's office.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, everyone attempting to enter County facilities will have their temperature checked. People with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be refused entry. Senior citizens with a temperature of 99.6 or higher will be refused entry for their own safety.

All individuals are encouraged to follow the State of Texas Minimum Standard Health Protocols including frequent hand-washing, appropriate social distancing (remain 6 feet away from others), and staying home if sick.

Below, you can find a list of county offices and operational changes being observed (if any).

County Clerk's Office
*Operating on a normal schedule - 8a-5p Mon-Fri
*Glass protective barriers will soon be installed to separate staff and customers
*Customers will be asked to wait in the hallway until a clerk is able to serve them
*Marriage License issuance will remain "by appointment only"

Cooke County Library
*Operating on a modified schedule -  9a-4:30p Mon-Fri, enter via North door
*Curbside pick-up being offered 5 days a week from 10a-4p.
*Computer use will be by appointment only
*To follow state guidelines, a maximum of 22 patrons can be in the facility at once
*Only 3 adults will be able to use computers at once, and staff will not be able to provide assistance due to social distancing requirements
*iPads and child computers will be unavailable
*Wi-Fi available 24/7 for anyone (informational sign on the door)
*Staff will sanitize the facility after closing time at 4:30

CSCD/Adult Probation
*Officers and staff are on duty Mon-Fri 8a-5p. 

*The lobby for Cooke County CSCD will remain closed to the public until June 1, 2020. 
*As of June 1, 2020, only 2 people will be allowed in the lobby area at one time, and should remain 6 feet apart. Once entering the lobby and checking in with front desk, if there are already 2 people waiting inside the lobby, you will be asked to wait outside for your officer to come and get you.
*Temperatures of all visitors entering the CSCD will be taken, prior to their appointment. If anyone has a temperature over 100.4 degrees, you will be instructed to leave and call your probation officer for reporting instructions. 
*Those reporting to probation will be asked to wear a mask while inside the building. 
*Do NOT bring any family, friends, or children to the CSCD. 

District Clerk's Office
*Operating on a normal schedule - 8a-5p Mon-Fri, closed for lunch 12-1

*A limit of 2 customers at a time in the office and 1 person at public computer for research – total 3
*Passport applications will be accepted by appointment only (Call 940-668-5450 to make an appointment)
*Payments accepted in the form of Cashier’s Check, Money Order, or Credit Card - We will continue to recommend these by mail or online
*Staff will regularly clean office surfaces with sanitizing wipes
*Hand Sanitizer will be available
*Visible markings to encourage social distancing have been placed
*Glass protective barriers will soon be installed to separate staff and customers

Jail
*Visitation suspended until further notice
*More information can be found here

Juvenile Probation
*Operating on a normal schedule - 8a-5p Mon-Fri, closed for lunch 12-1
*Clients will be allowed in the lobby one at a time, and appointments will be staggered to limit occupancy
*Public areas will be sanitized between clients
*Door will remain locked with a sign to call 940-668-5534 for admittance

Tax Assessor-Collector/Vehicle Registration
*Operating on a modified schedule - open to the public 9-4 Mon-Fri

*A dropbox for paperwork will be available from 8-4:45 Mon-Fri
*Glass protective barriers have been installed to separate staff and customers
*Limited to 7 customers in the office at a time, after temperature check
*Dealers, local companies, & banks may continue dropping off paperwork with a 48 hour pickup turnaround OR can make an appointment to process no more than 3 transactions while they wait.

Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Office
*Operating on a modified schedule -  8a-5p Mon-Fri, closed for lunch 12-1. Customers can enter by appointment only
*Glass protective barriers are in use to separate staff and walk-up customers
*No face-to-face educational programs at this time
*No public restrooms

Veteran Services Office
*Operating on a normal schedule - 8a-5p Mon-Fri, closed for lunch 12-1
*Will attempt to provide full assistance via telephone or internet, and will accept face-to-face meetings on a case by case basis and while practicing social distancing

For offices not listed, we have not received information from that office. We recommend you call the office before coming in to verify hours of operation. Offices can be reached via our main number 940-668-5500.

03-16-2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Cooke County will be implementing procedures to help ensure employee health and safety as well as that of the public. 

Effective TUESDAY, MARCH 17, the Courthouse and Courthouse Annex will be limited down to single entrance for each building. ALL employees and public will be required to go through these entrances until further notice. Temperature will be taken of each person upon entrance. Those presenting a fever will not be allowed access to the buildings.  Entrances will be open starting at 7:45am.

The Courthouse entrance will be the south basement door, where the entrance ramp is. 
(ALL OTHER ENTRANCES WILL BE CLOSED)

The Annex entrance will be entrance where you see JUSTICE OF THE PEACE on the window. 
(THE NORMAL TAG OFFICE ENTRY WILL BE CLOSED)

This is being done out of an abundance of caution and to protect our employees and the public. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Jason Brinkley
Cooke County Judge
101 South Dixon St
Gainesville, Texas 76240
Phone: 940.668.5435
Fax:940.668.5440

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Resources from
The Texas Department of State Health Services
and
The Centers for Disease Control