In April 2020, Jail Health Services (JHS), a section of the Department of Public Health, began providing COVID-19 testing to new arrestees at jail intake. Results are returned in about six hours. People who test positive for COVID are isolated until they are released or recover.
JHS also tests people who remain in custody on Day 5 and Day 14, in addition to monthly housing pod surveillance testing.
Individuals who test positive are isolated; all others remain in quarantine for the first 14 days of custody or until they are released from jail -- whichever comes first.
These protocols, along with other masking, hygiene and physical distancing protocols, help intercept and contain any potential spread.
Implementing aggressive enhanced screening at booking through our Jail Health Services, a section of the Department of Public Health, to rapidly identify and isolate any persons with symptoms or exposure related to COVID-19.
Suspending county jail visits and programs on March 13, 2020, to protect incarcerated persons.
Temporarily postponing residential evictions until further notice while significant state and local safety restrictions are in place. Writs will be scheduled if the Court makes an explicit finding that health and safety concerns mandate immediate enforcement.