Western VA Regional Jail takes new precautions amid pandemic

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Western Virginia Regional Jail is implementing new procedures to help prevent further spread of coronavirus.

  • All inmates coming into the jail will be pre-screened before entering the jail. Any inmate with symptoms will likely remain in custody depending on the specific circumstances regarding the need for advanced healthcare services;
  • There are enhanced efforts being made to sanitize all areas of the jail with hospital-grade disinfectant multiple times a day;
  • Staff and inmates have been educated on the benefits of handwashing as a major way to combat the spread of illness, including hand sanitizers; and
  • Plans are in place to escalate appropriate quarantines in the jail should the virus show up in the inmate population. Any staff member that is sick will be required to stay home. The jail is in possession of personal protective equipment should the need arise to use it.

The Western Virginia Regional Jail will continue to remain vigilant and will adjust their response to any increased threats of the virus as time progresses.

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