City and county officials on Thursday will likely extend the current COVID-19 disaster declarations currently in place, keeping in place certain restrictions on activities largely in line with federal recommendations and state directives.

Palo Pinto County Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, with Mineral Wells City Council meeting at 6 p.m. that evening. City council will also consider moving the May council elections to November. The Index will broadcast live both meetings to its Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the county courthouse and some county offices are taking measures to minimize public exposure to coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. As of Tuesday afternoon there were still no confirmed cases in Palo Pinto County. The surrounding counties of Parker, Erath and Eastland have each reported one case.

Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Tisha Lemley has postponed all court cases scheduled for a hearing through May 8th. New court dates will be set at a later time. The judge also said all evictions (commercial and residential) are rescheduled until May 8th. No writs of possession will be issued before May 13th and Class C ticket appearances are rescheduled until May 8th. Lemley said no warrants for failing to appear for traffic tickets will be issued.

For more information or to conduct business over the phone, call the JP Pct. 5 court at 940-659-1272 or visit http://www.co.palo-pinto.tx.us/. You can also email the court’s chief clerk Magen Cox at magen.cox@co.palo-pinto.tx.us.

Palo Pinto County Clerk Janette Green is also asking the public to not visit the clerk’s office at the courthouse unless absolutely necessary. She asked the public call 940-659-1277 or 940-329-3134 for assistance. You can also go to www.co.palo-pinto.tx.us, select County Offices and then County Clerk, for information regarding DBA’s, assumed names, and birth/death applications. You can also go to www.countygovernmentrecords.com to get copies of public records. Marriage licenses will be by appointment only.

The clerk’s office will be closed from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. weekdays for lunch.

“This is an effort to keep everyone safe and limit in-person contact,” Green said. “Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this time together. We will continue to process court filings and real estate recordings as well as all mail and email requests.”

Sheriff Brett McGuire said the jail continues to follow its intake protocols which includes screening people processed into the jail for possible coronavirus exposure.

“I have 118 people sheltered in place,” McGuire told county commissioners Monday.

The sheriff said one person answered the intake screening questions in a way that led jailers to send him to Palo Pinto General Hospital for testing. McGuire said the jail was still awaiting results of that test. Meanwhile, the prisoner is in isolation lock up.

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