ORT: ACSD talks about virus prevention efforts

(Information from WYSH news partner Oak Ridge Today) Hoping to prevent the infection or spread of COVID-19, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said it is checking the temperature of everyone entering the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton and is using a hospital-grade disinfectant to clean the jail and patrol cars.

If a person has a fever and symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the Sheriff’s Office said it will make a decision on whether to admit them on a case-by-case basis while talking to the office of Seventh District Attorney General Dave Clark.

The Sheriff’s Office said its maintenance staff is cleaning the cells, walls, and floors of the Detention Facility more frequently than normal using a hospital-grade disinfectant that will help kill germs.

“Our jail staff will be closely monitoring inmates and fellow employees for signs and symptoms,” the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Regarding its patrol officers, the Sheriff’s Office said its deputies are trained to take precautionary measures when responding to calls for service.

“Of course their sensitivity is now heightened by the national spread of COVID-19, and (they) will be looking for symptoms that are consistent with what is being told to us by state and local health officials,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “In the event our deputies have to place someone in custody, they will be transported to the Anderson County Detention Facility. Once the subject is removed from the patrol car, the back of the car will be sprayed with a hospital-grade disinfectant that is designed to kill a host of germs and viruses, including the virus we are talking about.

“Our administrative team is meeting constantly as this situation continues to evolve.”

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