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COVID-19

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 Cowlitz County Courts (District, Superior Court, and County Clerk) understands many people are concerned about the COVID-19 virus. Currently, Cowlitz County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, but public health agencies throughout the State are identifying more positive cases of the disease in Washington State. We will follow guidance from the Cowlitz County Health Department to help protect people's health.

Court functions at the County-Hall of Justice, the Youth Services Center, Jail, and St. John Hospital will be open during normal business hours. Any changes to court hours or limiting of proceedings will be provided in future press releases. These press releases can be found on the Court websites and distributed to local media.

Employees and court participants should follow the recommendations from Cowlitz County Health Department offices while at court facilities:

Increase handwashing and use of alcohol-based sanitizer

Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette – cover a cough or a sneeze

Keep distance from others (more than six feet, if possible)

Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces

Remain home during a respiratory illness

If you are currently ill, we encourage you to avoid coming to court facilities.If you are a party to a case, we would encourage you to work with your attorney to get your hearing rescheduled. If you are not represented by an attorney, we would encourage you to contact the Cowlitz County Clerk's office at 360-577-3016 to reschedule your hearing.

For those of you that are scheduled for jury duty, the court will excuse you from jury duty if you meet any of the following criteria:

You have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes;

You have a weakened immune system;

You are pregnant or nursing;

You are currently ill; or

You meet some other criteria of risk identified by the CDC.

To be excused from jury duty for the above, please contact the Clerk's Office at 360-577-3016.

A Washington call center can answer questions about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), how it spreads and what to do if you have symptoms.Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

For Additional information Contact:

Chad Connors at 360-577-3085 or

connorsc@co.cowlitz.wa.us

COVID-19 Emergency Order No 1
Criminal Case Process Changes

TELEPHONE: (360) 577-3085
TTY (800) 883-6388 OR 7115

HALL OF JUSTICE
312 SW FIRST AVENUE
KELSO, WA 98626
 
Building Hours - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM