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Coronavirus – Corrections
July 27, 2020
What We’re Doing to Keep Employees Safe
In addition to general precautionary measures recommended by the CDC, the agency has also provided specific safety guidelines for prisons to reduce the risk of the coronavirus to staff and inmates. Click here to view a summary of what we have done to protect people at all of our corrections facilities. Depending on the scope of individual employee assignments (administrative staff, officers, medical staff, etc.), masks are provided and, in some cases, required to keep our employees healthy.
At facilities where MTC provides healthcare to inmates, our medical professionals use personal protective equipment including masks, gowns, gloves, face shields whenever dealing with individuals who have COVID-19 or who may have COVID-19.
Staff who have flu-like symptoms are staying home as a precaution to ensure they do not pose a health risk to other staff and the men and women we serve. All staff and essential visitors must have their temperatures taken before entering any of our facilities. Those with temperatures of 100.4 or higher or symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed inside. They will be advised to seek medical attention. They may return after at least ten days have passed since the initial onset of the symptoms and at least three days have passed without a fever (achieved without fever-reducing medication).
If a staff member has a confirmed case of the coronavirus, they may return to work after:
- At least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, etc.); and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Under certain circumstances, a test-based strategy may be used. This requires negative test results from an FDA Emergency Use Authorized molecular assay for COVID-19 from a least two consecutive specimens collected more than 24 hours apart.
What We’re Doing to Keep Our Clients Safe
The CDC has provided specific safety guidelines for prisons to reduce the risk of the coronavirus to staff, inmates. Click here to view a summary of what we have done to protect people at all of our corrections facilities. In addition to these CDC recommendations, we have also implemented other precautionary protocols. Some of these measures include:
- Suspending visitation
- Suspending programs
- Disinfecting all common areas daily
- Taking the temperature of staff and essential visitors before they enter. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher is not allowed inside
Masks are provided to inmates who are in quarantine, who have or are suspected to have the coronavirus, or who work in laundry, food, or cleaning and provide services to an individual with COVID-19.
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What Our Customers Are Reporting about COVID-19
Here is a list of our customers and web pages they have created to keep people updated on what they’re doing to keep people safe during this pandemic: