Prison extends suspension of visits and public services until October 1 | Local News
The Hopkins County Jail on Thursday announced plans to extend the suspension of visiting and community service programs until October 1, as the facility continues to work to stop the spread of COVID-19 among the inmate population.
On August 25, the prison announced the initial suspension of visits, community service programs, in-house programs and volunteer services due to the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the inmate population. The suspension was originally scheduled to be effective until today.
“After careful consideration, we have made the decision to extend our suspension of visits, community service programs, in-house programs and volunteer services until October 1, 2021,” according to release from prison. “While the measures we have put in place are working to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the incidents of new cases have declined, we believe it is best to continue these measures at this time to eliminate cases in our establishment before we are re-establishing tours, programs and volunteer services.
Hopkins County jailer Mike Lewis said Thursday there were two positive cases confirmed last week who are still recovering, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 10.
Lewis said all but the two have recovered or have been released.
“Not all of those who tested positive remained in detention,” Lewis said. “The lockdown definitely worked and helped control the spread. “