|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:||Media Contact: Jamie Bastas|
|January 7, 2022||
Protecting the life, health, safety, and security of those in custody or working in the Norfolk City Jail is Sheriff Joe Baron’s and the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office’s top concern. In the interest of ensuring transparency and open communication, we are providing a reminder and update regarding where citizens can find factual COVID-19 information provided by the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office.
At this time, the Norfolk City Jail has four inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19. Each of those inmates are experiencing minor symptoms and are being monitored by medical staff. We do not have any inmates with severe symptoms. The Norfolk City Jail continues to follow all CDC guidelines and is in daily contact with the Norfolk Health Department, as we have been for the past 22 months.
We have a special section on our website dedicated to COVID-19, https://norfolk-sheriff.com/covid-19. At the link provided, citizens will find a number of helpful resources, including a list of Norfolk City Jail COVID-19 protocols, weekly screening results (which are updated every Friday), and Frequently Asked Questions. Additionally, we have activated the live chat feature on our website and NSO COVID-19 Family Liaison for any family members who are seeking additional information regarding the Norfolk City Jail’s response to COVID-19. The live chat and family liaison are available Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Information on how to contact the family liaison can be found at https://norfolk-sheriff.com/covid-19.
At this time, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our facility, the Norfolk City Jail has temporarily halted all programs, the gym is closed, and visitation and hot meals have been temporarily suspended. We are also not accepting any inmates from neighboring jurisdictions.
Inmates have been given cleaning supplies and have been are instructed on how to properly wipe down common areas and surfaces, including but not limited to restrooms, tablets, and phones after use. Additionally, Norfolk City Jail staff is cleaning the entire facility daily with a solution that kills the virus. All inmates are provided masks to wear, which should be worn at all times.
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