Detention Policies Updated, re: COVID-19

Across all facilities, detainees, staff, contractors, and any other entrants are being constantly monitored for fever. Staff is screened before a shift, and at the Adult Detention Center and Juvenile Detention Center, new arrivals, and returning detainees are monitored for 14 days. Once a detainee is placed, each facility works to minimize the movement of detainees between areas.

From San Juan County:

April 20, 2020

While San Juan County is working to protect the public through the coronavirus pandemic, staff is also working to make certain that the health of detainees in the County’s custody is protected. San Juan County operates the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, San Juan County Alternative Sentencing and San Juan County Juvenile Detention Services. Each facility has unique facets to the operation and has adapted operations to protect the detainees and staff. San Juan County staff has worked, since before the first cases of COVID-19 came to the area, to make sure that the populations are protected.


San Juan County contracts with Wellpath for detainee medical services. Healthcare staff works closely with detention staff to maintain best practices to keep the populations healthy.


Across all facilities, detainees, staff, contractors, and any other entrants are being constantly monitored for fever. Staff is screened before a shift, and at the Adult Detention Center and Juvenile Detention Center, new arrivals, and returning detainees are monitored for 14 days. Once a detainee is placed, each facility works to minimize the movement of detainees between areas.


Additionally, medical and detention staff are provided personal protective equipment and it is required to be worn by staff throughout the facilities.
Educational materials are provided to detainees and social distancing is enforced among detainees, as much as possible. Detainee areas provided with cleaning supplies daily.


San Juan County detention facilities have been in close and constant contact with the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management to coordinate resources and maintain situational awareness and best practices.


At the Juvenile Services Facility, detainees will be allowed additional weekly calls to stay in touch with families.


We understand that families may have concerns about their loved ones in any of the facilities. Medical and detention staff are bound by federal law to maintain patient privacy. HIPAA laws ensure that medical information is protected. Staff is prohibited from disclosing medical information, except under very specific instances. Please, do not call the facilities to inquire about the health of a loved one. Staff will not disclose that information over the phone.


Visitation
The San Juan County Adult Detention Center offers no on-site visitation. The remote visitation system has been in place for some time and can be accessed at SJCounty.net.


Visitation for the Juvenile Facility is being conducted telephonically using the regular visitation schedule.

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