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Racine County Sheriff reports zero cases of COVID-19 among inmates, sheriff's department staff

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Posted at 4:14 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 17:16:53-04

RACINE — As of May 1, there are zero cases of coronavirus among the inmates or sheriff's department staff members in Racine County.

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling reported the news Friday.

Racine County has the third-largest jail population within the state. It is for that reason that Schmaling and his department established safety precautions early on.

These precautions were introduced in early March and are "intended to keep first responders, frontline staff, inmates, and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19."

Some of these precautions include sanitizing jail cells and common areas several times a day, reducing the number of inmates, and doing temperature checks of staff, new inmates, and visitors. Additionally, new inmates went through a 14-day quarantine before being placed in the general population.

The sheriff's department also got a grant for a UV sanitation device that has been used in the jail, the Racine County Board Room, and Racine County Circuit Courts.

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