COVID-19 outbreak at Lancaster County Jail
Officials say currently 59 cases of COVID-19 are being monitored within the general jail population.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)–The Lancaster County Department of Corrections reports that currently 59 cases of COVID-19 are being monitored within the general jail population.
On September 17, 2021, 12 positive cases were identified within 6 general population housing areas. Subsequent testing within the affected housing areas identified an additional 62 positive cases. Upon receiving the additional positive cases, further isolation measures were implemented within the affected housing units. No further cases have emerged outside of the initially affected housing units. The facility’s medical provider has been meeting with all isolated inmates in affected housing areas at least once daily. No hospitalizations have occurred.
The Jail remains on modified lockdown. Contact visitation and volunteer services are suspended until further notice. Personal video visitation is limited in the housing units on lockdown status.
The jail staff is currently equipped with the appropriate personal protective equipment and has worked courageously and tirelessly to provide care to those in custody throughout the ongoing pandemic. The jail’s pandemic plan lays out clear procedures for appropriate medical care of inmates with the minimum amount of exposure to jail staff or other inmates. The Lancaster County Department of Corrections has licensed professional medical personnel contracted and available in the facility.
As an integral part of the criminal justice system, the Lancaster County Department of Corrections provides community safety through secure, legal, and compassionate adult detention. We achieve this through the recruitment and development of professional staff members who provide services which promote personal growth and reduce recidivism of those in our charge.