Lancaster County Jail reports first case of COVID-19 in inmate population

This is currently the only case of COVID-19 among staff or inmates at the facility.
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The Lancaster County Department of Corrections reports its first known case of COVID-19 within the facility. The individual who tested positive was recently lodged into the facility and has had no contact with the general inmate population. This is currently the only case of COVID-19 among staff or inmates at the facility. Corrections staff is working directly with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the jail’s medical provider to best address the issue.

The inmate tested positive on Friday, May 8, 2020, after reporting symptoms of the virus. The inmate is currently in isolation. The Lancaster County Jail has a complete pandemic plan and facility space in which to successfully quarantine new lodges and isolate inmates who become ill. Corrections Director Brad Johnson noted, “We worked with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to complete the contact tracing that needs to be done related to this individual and we are in the process of contacting anyone whom we know came into significant contact with this inmate.”

The inmate is currently being treated in the infirmary unit of the facility and is experiencing mild symptoms. The jail staff is currently equipped with the appropriate personal protective equipment necessary to care for the individual. The jail’s pandemic plan lays out clear procedures for appropriate, compassionate care of inmates with the minimum amount of exposure to jail staff or other inmates. “The wellbeing of our staff and the inmates entrusted to our care is one of our top priorities. Working with the county health department and our medical provider, we have developed a plan for the COVID-19 pandemic that utilizes best practices as we strive to keep everyone safe,” said Corrections Director Johnson. The inmate will continue to be isolated and monitored until cleared by a medical authority. 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.

Established in 1859, Lancaster County is Nebraska’s second most populated county. Home to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lancaster County is a growing and dynamic community. In collaboration with the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County provides a variety of services for residents and has been nationally recognized for its cooperation and progressive attitude in service to residents.

For more information about Lancaster County please visit the website at www.lancaster.ne.gov or call 402-441-7447.

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