Taking precautions for health at the local jail

Lincoln County Detention Center
Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 10:20 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - In our jail system, one might wonder, how is COVID-19 kept under control? The pandemic, after all, has proven to know no boundary.

Thursday afternoon Chief Deputy Sheriff Roland Kramer said keeping everyone as safe as possible is the goal at the Lincoln County Detention Center, as cases of COVID-19 reached 560 active cases in the West Central District Health Department’s area by midweek.

Chief Deputy Kramer said the virus is not a problem at the local jail, but he does not want it to become one. He says the health of the employees and the inmates is of utmost importance.

Chief Deputy Kramer said inmates are screened when they arrive at the jail, and there are rooms set up specifically for those showing signs of the virus.

They’ve also stopped all group sessions, from church services to AA, NA, and others.

And no one from outside is allowed in except for councilors and attorneys to care for inmates. Even those visits are in special rooms with glass dividers.

He explains that at least once a shift detention officers are spraying down the facility with a decontaminate, focusing closely on heavily used areas and trying to keep it as clean as possible.

Chief Deputy Kramer said the situation is reevaluated as the Community Risk Dial changes.

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