Taos County jail sees COVID surge

COVID cases are on the rise at the Taos County Adult Detention Center after 13 new cases were reported Tuesday (Nov. 23), 11 among detainees and two among jail staff.

According to a press release from Taos County, all inmates and staff have been reviewed according to CDC guidelines “to determine which detainees will need to be housed in different areas in order to ensure effective medical isolation and quarantine, necessary medical evaluation, care, and medical transfer if deemed necessary.”

Because of the rise, the jail is continuing to have all detainees evaluated for COVID symptoms upon intake. If an inmate shows symptoms, they will be placed in a quarantine cell until test results are received, according to the county.

The jail’s staff is considering housing some detainees in other area facilities in order to “prevent overcrowding and keep within safe six feet distance protocols.”

“Alternatives to incarceration and other decompression strategies” will also be implemented when deemed necessary by jail administration.

Taos County’s Administrative office has sought help from the state due to “unanticipated shortages in staff.”

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