ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office has announced that, to date, 12 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
With these results, the Sheriff’s Office’s administration team and the medical staff continuously reviews guidelines from the CDC as well as recommendations for Correctional Facilities to adjust its operating procedures accordingly. This has resulted in several protective factors being put in place to avoid or reduce the spread of coronavirus at the facility.
When anyone enters the facility, they receive a non-invasive temperature check by either their supervisors or the nurse stationed in the booking area.
Everyone is required to answer questions regarding their potential risk of exposure and must also wear a mask before entering both the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office and the Roanoke City Jail. Anyone exhibiting a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19, were are not wearing a face covering are not allowed to enter the facility.
For an arrestee that is showing symptoms, they are immediately masked and quarantined in a designated area for a 14-day monitoring period. All inmates are given a mask when they are admitted to the facility are encouraged to wear it while inside their assigned pod; however, they are required to wear it while being transported through the jail.
All incoming inmates are quarantined for a 14-day period prior to being housed in general population. Inmates returning from the hospital are also quarantined for the same period.
If any inmate complains of a fever and/or shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be immediately relocated from their current housing location to be designated housing for quarantine purposes only.
Medical staff will continue to monitor these inmates regularly to ensure their symptoms do not turn more severe.
COVID-19 testing is done based on CDC recommendations, and will, therefore, be completed when there is a reasonable suspicion that an inmate has contracted COVID-19, based on symptoms and/or exposure.
The facility is staffed with nurses twenty-four hours a day who have been trained on how to properly respond to respiratory complaints at any time.
As of July 28, no inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.
Enhanced cleaning efforts in the housing units, as well as Sheriff’s Office workspace and public areas, is ongoing.
“We remain committed to transparent communication with our community, state and regional partners, and to stay abreast of the evolving health and safety recommendations. Our focus continues to remain on reducing the exposure of this virus to our inmates, staff and general public, while conducting the essential functions of the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office.Statement by the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office
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