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  • Cydney Thompson, Northeast Arkansas News

Craighead County jail has no cases of COVID-19, with good prevention

As of now, there have been no confirmed cases of covid-19 among inmates or employees at the jail. Officials have set guidelines in places for all employees so it can stay that way for as long as possible.

“We’ve been combination of good and lucky on that,” Keith Bowers, of Craighead County Detention Center.

For the last month, jail officials have set up regulations including cancelling visitation of all types from.

It wasn’t something they wanted to do but felt it was for the best.

“We’ve also cancelled pastoral visits and the church services that we usually provide for the inmates and hopefully we can pick back up on those soon,” Bowers said.

A 24-hour cleaning is happening throughout the building, including offices, doorknobs and cells that the inmates are living in.

“All employees that enter the jail that are in the jail itself, are wearing gloves and masks to prevent, that’s main for other people sack,” Bowers said.

These precautions all being done as a matter of security during this pandemic.

“If we have all our inmates healthy and all our employees healthy, then we don’t have to worry about short staff situations. So far, all our officers have been able to all come to work and they have not been sick so therefore, we keep a full staff,” Bowers said.

Officials want the community to know they are taking great measures to make sure the jail is safe so the public can stay safe.


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