Sunday, 5/3/20
RPDC REPORTS THREE CASES
DETAINEES TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AT THE ROLLING PLAINS DETENTION FACILITY

The Rolling Plains Detention Facility in Haskell, Texas reported today that 3 detainees have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The facility has implemented measures to prevent the spread of the virus and no other detainees or employees are experiencing symptoms at this time.

“We are prepared to deal with this issue,” said Dr. Pamela Hearn, Medical Director for LaSalle Corrections. “The facility is working hard to keep the virus out of the detainee population. Facility employees and medical staff continue to monitor detainees. Should any detainees exhibit symptoms, we will implement our protocols to test and isolate them from other inmates.”

On April 29 th , the medical team observed the impacted detainees were symptomatic and they were immediately isolated. They were given a Covid-19 test the next day and the results came back positive today (May 2 nd ). As a precautionary measure, all detainees who may have been in contact with the impacted detainees have also been isolated.

Hearn said Lasalle Corrections began preparing in January for the possibility an employee or detainee would test positive for COVID-19. The facility began implementing measures to prevent the spread of the virus in accordance with Centers for Disease Control advice in February. Those measures include providing additional personal protection equipment like masks and gloves, screening inmates for the virus during the intake process, monitoring inmates for symptoms of the virus and reducing employee and inmate contact inside the facility where possible.

“Every employee is screened and has their temperature taken upon arriving at work each day,” Hearn said. “Our nurses are making rounds, checking on detainees to see if any of them are experiencing symptoms. We have social distancing. And we are cleaning and sanitizing throughout the facility.”

Jay Eason, Director of Operations at LaSalle Corrections, said the company’s pandemic contingency plan includes “screening, testing, appropriate treatment, prevention, education, and infection control measures” and said the virus has not caused disruption to the orderly operation of facilities. Eason said the facility is prepared to continue to operate safely and appropriately and provide detainees with the services they need.

“The responsibility to protect those in our custody is paramount and LaSalle Corrections is firmly committed to the health and welfare of our detained population,” Eason said. Eason said LaSalle Corrections is also working closely with the Texas Jail Commission and other federal, state, and local agencies to confront COVID-19.
STATEMENT FROM THE COUNTY JUDGE
I received confirmation that the Rolling Plains Detention Center has three detainees that tested positive for the COVID19 virus. They arrived at the facility April 19 and 21. New inmates coming into the facility are held in separate dorms for 14 days. On April 30, three inmates were showing mild symptoms of COVID19. They were tested at the facility and placed in medical isolation. The test came back positive May 2.
Kenny Thompson, County Judge
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Please understand that crime does not stop during this time of a pandemic. We are all very grateful there is a place for criminals to be detained. Otherwise, they would be walking around among us. Transport has slowed way down and detainees are held for 14 days to make sure they show no symptoms before they are moved. This helps slow the spread and protects the employees who work there.

Employee interaction with these detainees is limited, and they are wearing full PPE as stated in the press release. Please remember to be kind to our wonderful, front line workers who work at the RPDC.
CDC RESOURCES
You have heard these guidelines for months now, but as more information becomes available, these guidelines evolve. As we open up more, they are worth repeating. Please take a moment and reread the guidelines here .

Everyone should ....
  • wash your hands
  • avoid close contact
  • cover your mouth and nose with a face cover when around others
  • cover coughs and sneezes
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Businesses may want to install signage. Here is one that can be printed off. Signage .

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