San Mateo County Sheriff's Office suspends contact visits with inmates due to COVID-19

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office suspends contact visits with inmates due to COVID-19

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All contact visits with inmates and in-person jail programs at San Mateo County correctional facilities — including the Maguire Correctional Facility and the Maple Street Correctional Center — have been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office announced today.

The decision aims to protect employees and the inmate population from COVID-19.

In addition, all arrestees will undergo a pre-booking questionnaire and intensive medical screening outside of the facilities. A booked arrestee who displays symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated in the jail’s medical housing unit. And newly arrived inmates will be housed in the Intake Housing Unit for several days before being transferred to the jail’s general population, the County said.

Any housed inmate showing signs of COVID-19 will prompt a quarantine plan for the area where the inmate was housed, as deemed necessary.

On Friday, the San Mateo County Probation Department announced suspension of visitation at the Youth Services Center-Juvenile Hall and Camp Kemp.

“While there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in any of our facilities, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend visitations for the safety and well-being of youth under our care, our staff, and their families effective immediately, until further notice,” the Probation Department said in a statement. “Attorney and select professional visits will still be allowed.”

As of Saturday morning, San Mateo County health officials report 29 confirmed cases in the County. For more information, visit here.

1 Comment

  1. Closing the jails and Youth Service Center to the public isn’t a solid action plan against the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    What good is it going to do if, by chance, someone makes it into the facilities with the COVID-19 Virus?

    What other action plans does the San Mateo County Sheriff along with the Probation Department have in place to help prevent the COVID-19 Virus from disseminating into the jails and the Youth Service Center?

    Correctional Officers come and go every day? Are they undergoing a check and balance for COVID-19 virus symptoms?

    Can the San Mateo County Sheriff Department and Probation Department offer more transparency on how they plan to protect people in their custody against COVID-19?

    Has there been any change to the sanitation routine inside of the jails and the Youth Service Center?

    Do the adults and youth have access to face masks and non-alcohol hand sanitizing products? If so, why not?

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