COVID-19 Information

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Information on how the coronavirus is impacting the Durham County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center

Sheriff's Office Operations


The Durham County Sheriff's Office law enforcement functions are fully operational.  Deputies and other staff continue to carry out all functions of the Sheriff's Office and will continue to do so. 

While the Durham County Courthouse remains open the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, at the direction of Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, has suspended many court functions.  For information on court related issues please visit the North Carolina Courts website.   

All staff and visitors entering into the Durham County Courthouse will undergo a COVID-19 screening including a temperature check. The screening questions are as follows:  

Within the past 14 days have you or anyone living in your household had any of the following symptoms?

  • Fever above 100.4
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Have you had close contact with anyone who is under quarantine or has tested positive for COVID-19?

The records division of Sheriff's Office remains open to the public with temporarily adjusted hours of 11:00 A.M. through 4:00 P.M.  All fingerprinting services have been suspended until further notice.  Please follow posted guidance for the number of people that can be in our lobby at one time.  The floor is marked outside the records office to assist you with social distancing if a line begins to form.   

Our Animal Services building is closed to the public while all rabies vaccination and micro-chipping clinics are suspended.  If your pet needs a vaccination, many local veterinarians are open and can assist you until clinics begin again. If you need assistance from an Animal Services deputy for regular services, call our communications center at 919-560-0900.  

Information and answers to many frequently asked questions can be found on the Sheriff's Office website so we ask that you check online, call, or email the appropriate department before coming to the courthouse as we may be able to assist you over the phone or electronically.  Should you need to come to our office, you will find glass partitions are closed to maintain social distancing while our staff assists you.   


Detention Center Operations


The Durham County Detention facility is taking extra measures to ensure that detainees are protected from the coronavirus.  On Friday March 13 Sheriff Birkhead approved the following changes for detention center operations.   All changes became effective Monday March 16, 2020: 

  • All first appearance hearings are being conducted by video conference.
  • Attorneys and bonding agents are utilizing video kiosks in the magistrate area to confer with clients. 
  • All in-person and video visitation has been suspended. All visitation will now be conducted remotely. Information on how to use remote visitation is posted on our website.
  • In addition to current medical screenings conducted at intake, detention center medical staff are conducting additional screenings for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including inquiring about recent travel, exposure to a diagnosed case, and attendance at public gatherings.
  • Arrestees entering the facility with no signs or systems will remain in the classification area of the facility for an additional 24 hours prior to being assigned to a pod.
  • Once an individual is assigned to a pod, they will be screened again by medical personnel for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Signage is in place throughout the detention center with information for detainees regarding COVID-19’s signs and symptoms. Officers are monitoring detainee’s health and will notify medical personal should suspected symptoms develop.
  • All classification, medical, and mental health interviews conducted by staff are being completed outside the cell door to create a barrier during the interview. All pre-trial interviews are being conducted in the same manner.
  • Until further notice, all non-essential civilians are not be permitted to enter the secure portion of the facility.