The Lake County Jail is monitoring a COVID-19 outbreak in a jail inmate POD.
On April 30, 2021, an inmate in POD 4-North showed symptoms of COVID-19. A rapid test was conducted, and the inmate tested positive. The inmate was subsequently moved to the jail’s medical POD. That same day, a newly remanded inmate tested positive upon their arrival at the jail. That inmate was also moved to the jail’s medical POD.
On May 2, 2021, another inmate in POD 4-North tested positive, that inmate was moved to the jail’s medical POD.
On May 4, 2021, all of the inmates in POD 4-North were tested. Two more POD-4 North inmates tested positive and were moved to a quarantine area in POD 4-North.
On May 6, 2021, the results were received from the remaining 42 inmates tested in POD 4-North. This revealed an additional six inmates were positive. Those six inmates were non-symptomatic. They were moved to the quarantine area in POD 4-North.
All of the inmates who have tested positive are either non-symptomatic or are experiencing mild symptoms.
All of the inmates housed in POD 4-North will be tested again in the upcoming days. POD 4-North is currently in “quarantine status,” which means there will be no internal or external movement of inmates to or from POD 4-North.
All inmates housed in the jail have been provided opportunities to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To date, 78 inmates have consented and have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The current jail population is 434 inmates.
A number of protocols have been in effect to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 entering the jail, as well as enhanced mitigation procedures should inmates feel ill. These include:
The Lake County Jail collaborates closely with the Lake County Health Department and follows the health department’s best-practice guidance for mitigation procedures. The Lake County Jail conducts regular COVID-19 tests on inmates, correctional employees, and correctional contractors. Over the past year, nearly 3,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted on inmates, staff, and contractors.