When Covid-19 burst onto the scene three months ago, the jail administrators and the medical teams in my jails initiated several common sense practices to reduce the possibility of Covid infiltrating the jails. These included screening and quarantining new inmates before allowing them into the dorms, screening jail employees daily, doing lots of Covid tests and, perhaps most importantly, having deputies wear masks at work. The good news is that, so far, there have been no cases of Covid-19 in any of my jails (knock on wood here).
However, there seems to be growing evidence of “Covid Fatigue” in my community. When I go out in public, I am one of the very few still wearing a mask. And this is unfortunately spilling over to the correctional facilities. I did a clinic at one of my smaller jails this week and was surprised and dismayed to see that the deputies were no longer wearing masks. In the meantime, Community Covid cases are climbing, so the risk of transmitting Covid to the jail is actually greater than it was, say, a month ago.Continue reading