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Glenn County deputies taking coronavirus preventative measures for jail

The coronavirus pandemic is causing at least one local law enforcement agency to take preventative measures to keep one portion of the population - safe.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 12:07 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2020 3:17 PM

WILLOWS, Calif. - The coronavirus pandemic is causing at least one local law enforcement agency to take preventative measures to keep one portion of the population safe.

Glenn County has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus. However, the Glenn County Sheriff's Office is the latest agency to stop coronavirus from spreading to its jail and or inmates.

There are currently at least 100 inmates at the Glenn County jail. Starting this week, (Monday, March 16) deputies will suspend all visiting hours.

The front lobby of the jail will also be closed.

Action News Now asked the jail commander of the facility what would happen if someone becomes infected - and if the jail has enough space for possible quarantine.

"Unfortunately, we do not have a proper isolation room," said Lieutenant Jim Gibbs. "We're going to have to make modifications. We do have holding cells where we can isolate somebody probably for a short amount of time." 

Gibbs said before people are put into jail cells, deputies screen them for illness.

He added, during this pandemic inmates have to make sure their rooms are cleaned.

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The Shasta County jail is also suspending visiting hours.

Action News Now also reached out to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, they could not give us details about how they're combating the virus for their jail.

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