MEDFORD, Ore-- Yesterday afternoon, The Jackson County Sheriff's Office released a statement on their Facebook, saying that since the beginning of the pandemic, the sheriff's office has not had a single confirmed case of Covid-19 within thier jails.
Multiple prisons and jails throughout Oregon have continued to struggle keeping Covid-19 cases in check, especially in the last few months as cases and deaths have spiked. At Two Rivers Correctional Facility, 25 adults in custody have died since the beginning of the pandemic, and over at Oregon State Penitentiary, 26 AIC's have died.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, since the beginning of initial reports of Covid-19 last spring, the Sheriff’s Office Administration has worked closely with local, state, and regional authorities to adopt best practices within the facility. They say that practices have changed regularly to meet the needs of the community, and include enhanced cleaning, screening, and quarantine protocols.
Although no positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed inside of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office jails, with their inmates, the sheriff's office is currently dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, 23 positive cases of the virus have been confirmed. The first case was reported back on December 15, and the last reported case was on December 27.
The Jackson County Health Department and Oregon Health Authority are continuing to track these cases.