One of the very best things about living in this community
is the selflessness, willingness and overall community spirit that is
demonstrated by so many in times of need and trouble.
People concerned more about the community need and how they
can help then what is in it for them, giving from what they have so that others
may benefit and be safe.
I would like to recognize one such group who without
question or hesitation stepped up and helped out. There was a shipment of
much needed Personal Protective Equipment (N95 masks) that was at a staging
area in Carson City, and this equipment was destined for this agency as well as
other essential county employees to help keep them safe and mitigate the spread
of this virus.
Fallon Ford-Toyota heard about this equipment and
immediately provided a van to the county Emergency Management team to get this
Thank you Fallon Ford Toyota and the Henning Family, we
greatly appreciate your selflessness and willingness to help this community.
It was posted on Facebook that the Churchill County
Sheriff's Office has put an inmate with COVID-19 into general population with
This is not true. We do not have any inmates who are
infected with the COVID-19 virus.
The Sheriff's Office Administration has been working with
local government and other organizations to use the best practices and
preventative measures to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This
includes the following:
• Those people who are recently incarcerated in our jail are
placed on a 10-day lockdown. A lockdown entails being confined to a cell for 23
hours with an hour out to make calls and shower. This extends our standard
48-hour lockdown for new arrestees by eight days. This allows our department to
monitor the health of the inmate to ensure their health and the health of our
personnel and other inmates.
• We have isolated medical cells to house sick inmates from
the general population. An inmate diagnosed or suspected to be infected with
the COVID-19 virus would not be housed in general population of the jail.
• All Sheriff's Office personnel, both detention deputies
and patrol deputies, have been directed, in accordance with the current Center
for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, to wear a protective mask when
in contact with the general public or inmates. This serves to both protect our
personnel and to protect the public at large. We have contact with many people
and do not want to expose anyone to possible contact with COVID-19.
Please know that the Sheriff's Office is doing all it can to assure the safety of the people of Churchill County and our personnel.
The Sheriff's Office takes the safety of those that we are
in charge of very seriously. Inmates upon coming into the facility are issued basic
hygiene kits which contain soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and other items. They
have the option of purchasing different soap via commissary at any time, or we
will gladly provide them with more soap upon their request.
We have cleaning carts which are placed into the cell blocks
several times a day so that they can clean their cells and the general areas.
This cleaning is being monitored by the staff to ensure that the inmates are
living in as clean an environment as possible.
Inmates who have been here and not exposed to the
coronavirus are being protected from exposure by having the deputies who come
and go from the facility wear masks; those inmates that are new to the facility
are given masks for any interaction with the staff.
As stated in the public notice, we have extended their
lockdown to monitor their health and keep any illnesses away from the general
population. When the inmates will be headed to court they will be wearing masks
as they will be during any medical treatment trips.