Office of the Sheriff
Sheriff's Letter to Residents of the KC Jail
As you have undoubtedly heard, Governor Whitmer has declared a State of Emergency for the entire state of Michigan in response to the COVID-19 virus. Days later, President Donald Trump declared the spread of the virus a Pandemic and stated “we were in a National Emergency.”
Currently, there have not been any confirmed cases of this virus in Kalamazoo County. However, we know that it is likely to make its way to our community in the future. Having the health and wellbeing of our population in mind, I have ordered several precautionary measures to be put in place in attempt to reduce the likelihood of this virus infecting our population.
- Information on the importance of Personal Hygiene has been disseminated throughout the housing units.
- Public Service Announcements have been placed on the TV’s
- All face to face programming within the facility has been suspended.
- All professional visitors have been restricted from the facility.
- Inmate workers, normally assigned outside of the building, have been re-assigned to cleaning and sanitizing of our interior common areas.
- Deputies have taken on additional responsibilities for cleaning and disinfecting.
- New arrestees are medically screened to quickly identify health risks.
- Medical masks are available for subjects exhibiting symptoms to prevent the spread of illness.
- A quarantine procedure has been established to segregate the ill from healthy populations. (This has not yet been needed)
- The front lobby has been closed to reduce the amount of people entering our facility.
- Attorneys, Probation and Parole agents, and other vital services have been directed on our video conferencing options should they be needed.
- We have placed restrictions on warrant pickups from other counties to reduce the risk of contamination from across the state.
Each of these preventative measures have been established to help reduce the risk of illness being brought into the facility, as well as preventing the spread of germs and sickness from person to person. Knowing the spread of any virus can have a devastating effect on our population and staff, urges me to take warnings from the Governor and President very seriously, and so should you. As we continue to monitor this situation and prepare for its spread into our community, I ask that you help do your part in the following way.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
- Cover your cough with a tissue
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Keep your living area clean and disinfected.
- Avoid close contact with others
- Notify staff if you have the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Moving forward, our agency will continue to be proactive in implementing preventative measures to protect individuals within this facility. Please pay close attention to the memos distributed by staff as well as the announcements published on the televisions for the most up to date information.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation while we work through this State of Emergency.
Sheriff Richard Fuller III
Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020