Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Arranges COVID19 Testing for All Inmates

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FORSYTH COUNTY – The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) has arranged for COVID19 testing for every resident of the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center (FCLEDC).

In keeping with best practices and in continued efforts to maintain the safety and well-being of the residents of the FCLEDC, every resident will be tested for COVID-19. The result of a collaborative effort, testing is scheduled to begin for all current residents on Thursday, June 25th, and arrangements have been made to test future incoming residents as well. All Detention Officers will be tested as well, also beginning June 25th.

“We want to thank the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Forsyth County Department of Emergency Services, and WellPath (the FCLEDC contracted medical services provider), for assisting us in this partnership. It will take a collective effort on all of our parts during this pandemic to keep the residents of the FCLEDC and the residents of our county safe during these unprecedented times.” Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr.

Currently there have only been five (5) confirmed cases among Detention Officers and zero (0) cases among FCLEDC residents. Please see the press release dated June 12th, 2020 (attached below) for the listing of procedures implemented to maintain the health of the FCLEDC residents during this pandemic.

A Press Release Dated June 12th, 2020: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Among Detention Officers

FORSYTH COUNTY – Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff members at the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center (FCLEDC).

As of today, there are five (5) Detention Officers who have tested positive for COVID-19. There are still zero (0) confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the residents of the FCLEDC. The results have been negative for every resident who has been tested.

“We remain committed to protecting the residents and our team members in the Detention Center. We are thankful that the measures implemented have kept the residents in our care safe from COVID-19. We will continue to work closely with the Forsyth County Department of Public Health to ensure that everyone remains safe and healthy to the best of our ability.” Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr.

Numerous procedures have been implemented at the FCLEDC with the intent of preventing a COVID-19 outbreak at the FCLEDC. ? Beginning March 13th, all public visitation was suspended with the exception of attorney visits. ? All detention and contract staff are checked daily for symptoms and fever before they enter the FCLEDC. ? All newly admitted residents are asked specific questions by our contracted medical services provider regarding exposure to and symptoms of COVID-19. ? Newly admitted residents are held in Intake housing for fourteen (14) days before being moved into General Population (as opposed to the normal 72 hour hold). ? Staff working in all areas that interact with newly admitted residents wear N95 respirators. ? Detention and contract staff are wearing surgical masks while interacting with the resident population in the Detention Center. ? As appropriate, staff also wear surgical masks when they cannot practice social distancing while interacting with coworkers. ? Current residents have received surgical masks to wear inside the Detention Center. ? Each housing unit has foaming hand sanitizer readily available to residents. ? Hospital strength cleaner is used to clean the housing units. ? Inmate workers assigned to Intake housing are wearing N95s and proper PPE. ? Educational materials about the importance of washing hands and physical distancing is available on kiosk machines and in housing units. ? Fewer residents are out of their cells at one time, allowing for physical distancing. ? Residents who have to leave the facility (for medical appointments, court, etc). are given a mask to wear.

Additionally, our Jail Population Specialist continues to work closely with the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office to proactively manage the FCLEDC resident population. By receiving continually updated information, the DA’s Office is able to work within the judicial system to minimize the number of new residents introduced into the existing population. (Note: Custodial status remains a decision made by the judicial system and not the FCSO.) From Friday, March 13th to today, June 12th, a total of 1,448 individuals have been released from and 1,323 new arrestees booked in to the FCLEDC.

Information regarding the COVID-19 positive tests is being released per the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) requirement that outbreaks of COVID-19 are publicized. Per the NCDHHS, "In a congregate living setting, a COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two (2)or more laboratory-confirmed cases within two (2) incubation periods (i.e. 28 days)."