Monterey County Jail COVID-19 outbreak, sheriffs say all protocols are in place

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The Monterey County jail is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The outbreak consists of 51 cases which include, 30 inmates, 16 staff members and five contract workers. The latest outbreak comes despite a long list of precautions the jail already has in place. Monterey County sheriff commander Derrel Simpson said, “That includes the mask mandate, we continue to take temperatures of everybody coming into the facility we do an observation period for people when they come in. We provide the inmates with masks, those masks get replaced a couple times a week. There’s additional cleaning stations and cleaning supplies.”In addition, the jail has gone to virtual court and attorney visits. Additional medicine and soap are given to COVID-19 positive patients. They’ve also stopped using reusable trays and are working on early release for at-risk inmates. Simpson also adds that while masks were being dropped and restrictions were being lifted across the county, they kept their mask mandates in place. “Maintaining the protocol since February 2020 and kept them consistent throughout current time and they continue to be current now,” Simpson said. As for the latest cases, jail officials believe they have enough space to spread people out and contain the outbreak. Simpson explained, “Because of the facility and the size of the facility and the new housing area, they’ve been able to designate some of the units for the observation, as well as the quarantine.”Only virtual visitation is allowed, in-person visiting is suspended until further notice.

The Monterey County jail is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The outbreak consists of 51 cases which include, 30 inmates, 16 staff members and five contract workers. The latest outbreak comes despite a long list of precautions the jail already has in place.

Monterey County sheriff commander Derrel Simpson said, “That includes the mask mandate, we continue to take temperatures of everybody coming into the facility we do an observation period for people when they come in. We provide the inmates with masks, those masks get replaced a couple times a week. There’s additional cleaning stations and cleaning supplies.”

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In addition, the jail has gone to virtual court and attorney visits. Additional medicine and soap are given to COVID-19 positive patients. They’ve also stopped using reusable trays and are working on early release for at-risk inmates.

Simpson also adds that while masks were being dropped and restrictions were being lifted across the county, they kept their mask mandates in place.

“Maintaining the protocol since February 2020 and kept them consistent throughout current time and they continue to be current now,” Simpson said.

As for the latest cases, jail officials believe they have enough space to spread people out and contain the outbreak. Simpson explained, “Because of the facility and the size of the facility and the new housing area, they’ve been able to designate some of the units for the observation, as well as the quarantine.”

Only virtual visitation is allowed, in-person visiting is suspended until further notice.

Contributed by local news sources

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