The Coronavirus has caused modifications to be made to the buildings of the Courthouse complex in Orange. There are now kiosks setup to take the temperature of visitors to the Courthouse and protective screens have been erected in many offices.
County Judge John Gothia said the county is using COVID money from the CARES Act to purchase the protective equipment for multiple projects to keep employees and visitors safe. “The temperature stations that we’ve got at all the main courts that we’re using are actually temperature and metal detectors,” Gothia advised.
The kiosks are currently setup to just take the temperature of visitors as they enter the Administration Building and the main Courthouse. The visitor places their wrist against a sensor which tells whether the person has a fever. Smaller kiosks will be installed later at all of the county buildings.
The protective glass screens will be installed in both tax offices in Orange and in Vidor as well as in the District Clerk’s Office and the County Clerk Office. Currently, there are temporary screens installed in those offices.
The Commissioners Court this week awarded the contract to Southern Glass of Orange for the new protective glass to be installed in the four county offices. Southern Glass had the low bid of $67,090. The protective glass partitions will be 36 inches by 42 inches.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-