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Coronavirus Information Updates

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.

The County Emergency Operations Center (C.E.O.C) remains open at a Level 1 status, fully-staffed with knowledgeable experts from L.A. County Departments. We continue to collaborate with local agencies, monitor world events and provide the public the most up-to-date information.

Updates regarding public services provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department such as, Patrol/Community safety, Court Services, and Inmate/Custody information updates will be provided below.  

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

Monday, 03/23/2020

Affected LASD Services

Monday, 03/23/2020

In response to the substantial need to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County, and due to limited access for the public in the courthouse, the Sheriff’s Department will not accept any process, unless it was issued post March 19, 2020, where the court has determined to be emergent. Process already in our possession will be handled and served with the exception of evictions. All eviction process, including process already in our possession, will be “on hold” until further notice unless it is determined to be emergent.

Monday, 03/16/2020

  • Sheriff’s Stations are not closing operations, our station lobbies will be open to the public. However, for non emergent services, you are encouraged to please call the station ahead of time, and to use the services on LASD.org. To fill out a crime report online visit here.
  • The Public Services Unit (Records and Identification Bureau) will be closed to the public. For questions, please call 562-345-4441 between 8:00AM – 5:00PM for assistance.

Tuesday, 03/30/20

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.

Tuesday, 03/17/20

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.

Friday 03/13/2020

At the recommendation of the Los Angeles County Correctional Health Services, and as part of the County’s COVID-19 prevention efforts, starting from Friday, March 13, 2020, the inmate visiting at the Los Angeles County Jail facilities will be temporarily suspended until further notice. The patrol stations’ jails remain normal operation at this time.

ONLY attorney and professional visits will be allowed during this period. Since the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, public visiting will be suspended.

The Department values visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation; however, at this time the Department must make difficult decisions in order to protect the health and wellness of all those who live, work and visit County jails.

All Patrol Stations are open and operating.

Monday, 03/16/20

  • Services such as regularly-scheduled Child Custody Exchanges and Compliance Check-Ins are still available
Monday 03/23/20

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.

Tuesday 03/17/20

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 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

Monday 03/16/20

Please continue to follow the protective measures prescribed by:

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

County of Los Angeles Public Health

For more information about Los Angeles County visit:

https://lacounty.gov/covid19/

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