Detention center keeping things clean during COVID-19 pandemic

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - With the Coronavirus infecting more people everyday, The Lincoln County Detention Center is taking precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy.

An medical observation cell at the Lincoln County Detention Center in North Platte. (Source: Holly Barraclough, KNOP TV)

Chief Deputy Sherriff for Lincoln County, Roland Kramer, said they clean the facility everyday.

They have a nurse on staff that sees anyone who becomes sick several times per day to check on them.

Kramer said the facility is cleaned everyday, with the inmates cleaning their cells daily.

"We have some pretty resilient inmates here," said Kramer, "They put a lot of bad chemicals in their bodies and they seem to survive OK so we’re treating this, we’re taking it very serious and we’ll see what happens, hopefully in a month or so this issue won’t be an issue anymore."

The detention center has isolation rooms the sick inmates are placed in while they are contagious.

"We can isolate them, we can take care of them, we have a very good hospital here if we need to take them there or if they need further treatment, we’re in contact with the right folks," said Kramer.

He said even though their inmates cannot always participate in social distancing, they are making sure everything is sanitized.

"The detention center is a pretty clean place, as far as most jails go and we clean every day," said Kramer, "There’s probably going to be a lot of extra cleaning inside the cells and just making sure it’s a clean environment, you’re not going to get all the germs, people are going to get sick, we understand that and will treat them as it comes."