March 17th, 2020 - MEDIA RELEASE - COVID-19
As many of you may know, the President has declared a national emergency due to global outbreak of COVID-19. The Midland County Sheriff’s Office considers the health and welfare of the jail’s inmate population a high priority.
On March 4th, 2020 medical contractors began to screen all newly admitted inmates for COVID-19. We have also implemented a pre-booking screening tool for all new entries into the Midland County Jail. Any person that has positive indicators of cough, fever over 100.4 and difficulty breathing will be treated as suspect and isolated in a single cell and immediately referred to the jail’s medical staff. The jail staff has also instituted a more robust cleaning regiment, including sanitizing and disinfecting throughout the jail on a regular basis.
Effective March 17th, 2020 the Midland County Jail will be suspending all inmate activities that are not essential to the operation of the jail. We are also restricting non-essential personnel and visitors from entering our building to reduce the risk of exposure. Attorney and Clergy contacts may be made remotely as well as family visitation.
Inmates have been advised on several steps to take to protect themselves such as washing hands and seeking medical attention if they feel sick.
The road patrol division will continue to respond to all calls for service. They will be practicing social distancing and will wear protective gear when dealing with persons that appear sick.
Going forward we are closely monitoring the situation around the State and Country. We are working with Midland County Health Department, Midland County Emergency Management and our partners at the state and federal level. As the situation develops, additional measures may be required to protect the health of inmates, staff and the public.
As law enforcement, we have sworn an oath to serve our community and uphold the constitution. We have a responsibility to serve the citizens of Midland County to the best of our abilities. Together we can do our part to help slow the spread of this virus.
Sheriff Scott Stephenson