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Coronavirus Information Updates

LASD Employees Affected by COVID-19

Updated 05/15/2020, 0900 hours

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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

Inmates QuarantinedCurrent Inmates Tested PositiveInmates Isolated
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Correctional Health Services (CHS) and/or the Department of Public Health (DPH) have the authority to designate an isolation of an inmate or quarantine of a housing area.

 

·                     There are currently (161) positive patients in isolation, under medical observation and receiving care.

·                     There are currently (1,059) positive asymptomatic patients in isolation, under medical observation.

 

Since the start of this pandemic there have been (701) Patients and (1,251) Asymptomatic inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of (1,951) positive tests.  There have been a total of (1,285) negative inmate test results for those identified as PUI’s.  There have been a total of (5,161) inmates who have received a negative test result subsequent to the administered asymptomatic test.

 

Note: Since May 1, 2020, CHS has conducted a total of (6,412) COVID-19 tests to identify asymptomatic positive inmates.

 

v  The Positive Patient and Asymptomatic totals may fluctuate depending on the individuals’ medical needs.

 

·         (510) Patients and (134) Asymptomatic inmates have fully recovered/symptom free for 72 hours in accordance with CDC guidelines.

·         (30) Positive patients and (58) Asymptomatic inmates totaling (88) individuals have been released from custody after testing positive for COVID-19, but prior to meeting CDC standards for being considered fully recovered.

 

Individuals in custody who have tested positive and/or are awaiting tests results upon release are provided with information on CDC guidelines surrounding self-isolation/care, as well as linkage to community services, if needed.  CHS also makes a notification to DPH for official mandated tracking purposes.

 

Isolation is designated for individuals who have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, or are exhibiting certain flu like symptoms consistent with an upper respiratory infection.  All patients in Isolation/under observation have either tested positive or have been tested and CHS is awaiting results.

·                     CTC has (21) patients in isolation.

o        PUIs: (4)

o        Confirmed: (17)

·                     Twin Towers Correctional Facility has (186) patients in isolation.

o        PUIs: (53)

o        Confirmed: (133)

·                     LCMC currently has (12) patient(s) in isolation.

o        PUIs: (2)

o        Confirmed: (10)

·                     CRDF currently has (8) patients(s) in isolation.

o        PUIs: (7)

o        Confirmed: (1)

 

Total PUIs: 66

Total Confirmed: 161

Total Isolation: 227

 

Quarantine is defined as individuals who have had close contact of ten minutes or more with a person currently under observation.

 

·                     Century Regional Detention Facility has (335) inmates under quarantine

·                     Men’s Central Jail has (1,812) inmates under quarantine;

·                     Twin Towers Correctional Facility has (682) inmates under quarantine;

PDC- East Facility has (35) inmates under quarantine;

·                     PDC- North Facility has (480) inmates under quarantine;

·                     PDC-South Facility has (168) inmates under quarantine;

·                     PDC-North County Correctional Facility has (2,027) inmates under quarantine;

 

Total Quarantined: 5,539

 

Total Custody Inmate Population: 11,992

Total Bookings: 36

Total Releases: 23

 

Note: Quarantine/Isolation totals are subject to change throughout the day based on medical directives.

 

Data is accurate as of June 1, 2020, at 0900 hours.

Coronavirus Articles and Updates provided by LASD

Sheriff outlines Challenges in Custody amid COVID 19

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Sheriff Villanueva Outlines Challenges in Custody Environment Amid COVID-19 https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment/videos/1095110077532726/ Since realizing COVID-19 was underway, headed into our lives, facilities, jails, and daily operations, Sheriff Alex Villanueva directed Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employees to take precautionary measures for everyone’s protection. Custody is a particularly unique environment in which to take these kinds of measures.  Nevertheless,…

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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