TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- The Indiana Department of Corrections announced visitation restrictions due to concerns of the coronavirus, but the Tippecanoe county jail says they will continue offering visitations as normal.
One reason is that the Tippecanoe County jail has virtual visits, offenders don't meet with their visitors in person. However, the jail is disinfecting frequently and asking staff to practice safety measures. Tippecanoe County sheriff Bob Goldsmith says they are taking extra steps to ensure incoming offenders aren't at risk of having the coronavirus.
“We have a questionnaire that we are asking that we worked with our medical staff,” said Goldsmith. “Then we have some other ideas from other departments. If we have a case where someone needs to quarantined, we have the ability to do that we have the cleaning supplies to disinfect the area."
The sheriff says they are taking every step they can to ensure the visitations will continue.
"It's something they look forward to it helps keep their morale up,” added Goldsmith. “If you take that there are obviously some negative results and we understand that so that's why we are doing everything we can to allow them to keep having that outside contact with people."
The sheriff says they do have a plan in place if someone in jail were to test positive for the coronavirus. As of Tuesday, there are no positive cases of the coronavirus in Tippecanoe County.