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Coronavirus Information Updates

LASD Employees Affected by COVID-19

Below are definitions used within this report.

Currently Quarantined:
Total department personnel who are currently quarantined away from the workplace under one of the following statuses:

  • Department Ordered Quarantine;
  • Doctor Ordered Quarantine;
  • Employee Self-initiated Quarantine and;
  • Hospitalized.

Out of Quarantine, Returned to Work:
Total department personnel who were quarantined under one of the above statuses and whom have returned to work or been cleared to return to work.

Quarantined Since Inception:
All department personnel who are either currently quarantined or were quarantined and have since returned to work.

Work From Home – High Risk:
Department personnel who are deemed to be at high risk to contract COVID-19. Examples include those with per-existing health conditions or employees over a certain age.

Custody Environment Affected by COVID-19

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Coronavirus Articles and Updates provided by LASD

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Vaccine Event for November 7 and December 5

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LA County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis, in collaboration with LA County Departments and local community organizations and service providers, will be hosting vaccine and resource events for families who are visiting Men’s Central Jail and Twin Towers Correctional Facility. Date: Sunday, November 7 and Sunday, December 5, 2021Times: 10am – 2pmLocation: Next to Twin…

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Custody Division is taking every necessary precaution to keep our personnel safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. In late February 2020, Assistant Sheriff Chase along with custody executives including CHS (Correctional Health Services) developed strategic plans as well as contingencies in the event the pandemic spread throughout the jails.

Key Drivers in reducing COVID-19 in custody personnel and inmates.

 

LASD identifies COVID-19 inmate patient in jail system; Immediately separated & limited interaction with others.
Several weeks ago, with the knowledge that COVID-19 would likely spread in California, the Sheriff’s Department and CHS put extensive measures in place, including dedicating housing areas to become isolation and quarantine space, and screening incoming inmates outside before entering the Inmate Reception Center (IRC) facility. Inmates brought to the IRC who responded “yes’ to the screening questions or displayed symptoms were masked and isolated in the on-site Correctional Treatment Center (CTC). Newly arrived arrestees who were asymptomatic, but who reported close contact with infected people, were masked and placed in quarantine if appropriate. Inmates who display symptoms or reported close contact with infected people, in the future will be isolated or quarantined as appropriate.

The inmate patient who tested positive has been in a single-man cell since his arrival at the jail and has had limited interaction with other inmates and staff. This patient is receiving appropriate medical care. Other inmates in the surrounding cells are now quarantined and will be watched carefully for the development of symptoms and have  been educated on  symptoms and precautions. Staff who will interact with these inmates have received instruction on how to properly use their personal protective equipment.

The Sheriff’s Department and CHS are dedicated to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the jails. Keeping public safety in mind, and focusing on vulnerable populations., the Sheriff’s Department has worked with its partners in the Superior Court, District Attorney’s office, and Public Defender’s Office to strategically reduce the population of the jail. As population in jail modules is reduced, the Sheriff’s Department is minimizing movement and allowing inmates to remain in de-populated, decompressed housing areas. Inmates are also being educated continuously about COVID-19 symptoms and precautions. Inmates accused of serious or violent felonies are not being released.

The Sheriff’s Department and CHS are working with other County Departments and community based organizations to link vulnerable people being released from jail with appropriate resources, including housing as well as medical and mental health treatment. They will continue to follow the guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on the isolation and quarantine of the inmates in their care.

 

Additional Cleaning, Sanitation, and Medical Isolation Procedures
The Los Angeles County jail system has implemented additional cleaning, sanitation, and medical isolation procedures in an effort to protect the county jail population form contracting COVID-19.

If an inmate is suspected of having coronavirus, they will be assessed by Correctional Health Services medical staff who make the determination of appropriate quarantine housing.  A surgical mask will be placed on the inmate, and staff will follow Proper Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines provided by the Center of Disease Control (CDC).

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services – Correctional Health Services unit conducts screening and testing of inmates within the jail system.  Testing, if needed, is provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the visitation process and requirements have changed. If requirements are not satisfied, you will be asked to leave and the appointment will be canceled. Visitation appointments can also be canceled if an inmate is not eligible to receive visits due to a medical quarantine or other factors.

Requirements

• All visits must be scheduled in advanced. There will be no walk-in appointment allowed or scheduled at facilities.
• Visitors will be screened for symptoms, such as fever, cough, or loss of taste. Visitors will be turned away if they have symptoms or are under quarantine or isolation orders.
• Visitors must wear a mask at all times and maintain at least six feet of distance, or they will be asked to leave.
• Only one adult visitor OR one adult with one child will be allowed. If more people show up, the entire visit will be canceled for everyone.
• Visitors subject to a quarantine or isolation order will have their appointment canceled.
• Visitors will have to show proof of a full COVID vaccination i, a negative COVID test within the last three days ii, or proof of previous infection iii. Otherwise, the visit will be canceled.

For additional information, please review the Department of Public Health’s visitation guidelines.

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All Patrol Stations are open and operating.

Key points on controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Patrol operations. Covid-19 Patrol Points

UPDATE FROM LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION ON CLOSURES AND CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Services such as regularly-scheduled Child Custody Exchanges and Compliance Check-Ins are still available

School Closings Due to COVID-19 Present Potential for Increased Risk of Child Exploitation. Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk. Due to this newly developing environment, the FBI is seeking to warn parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and signs of child abuse. Full Article from FBI.gov.

If you have questions and would like to speak to someone, or need help finding medical care, call the Los Angeles County Information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7. If you are calling from outside Los Angeles County or cannot directly dial 2-1-1, call (800) 339-6993

Talking to Children about Coronavirus – PDF

 

Please continue to follow the protective measures prescribed by:
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

County of Los Angeles Public Health

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Confronting COVID-19: LA County Responds

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is working to ensure law enforcement services in the areas we serve remain uninterrupted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

We continue to collaborate with local agencies, monitor world events and provide the public the most up-to-date information.

All Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Stations are open during this time.

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