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Posted on: May 6, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Lake County Jail Closely Monitoring COVID-19 Outbreak

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:

  •  Enhanced medical screening for inmates and employees entering the jail
    • All newly remanded inmates are COVID-19 rapid tested upon entry into the jail
    • Inmates are then placed in a ten-day hold
    • After the ten-day hold, inmates are COVID-19 rapid tested again, before being moved to general population
    • All newly remanded inmates are provided an opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
  • All jail inmates are provided ongoing opportunities to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Increased cleanings of jail pods
  • Minimization of inmates moving from pod to pod
  • Established a medical segregation area for inmates with mild illness symptoms
  • Worked with Courts & criminal justice partners to establish electronic bond hearings, versus in-person hearings
    • Inmates who receive a recognizance bond at their initial hearing never enter the jail’s general population area
  • Utilizing PPEs for all jail staff
  • All inmates wear facemasks when outside of their cell for any reason
  • Utilize vacant housing pods to spread the distance between inmates
  • Inmates are required to eat in their cell, rather than a group setting
  • Inmates are allowed to have their cell doors open during socialization times, but congregated together in common areas are not allowed
  • Regular COVID-19 testing of jail inmates and jail employees

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.  

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