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Lucas Co. sheriff implements visitation restrictions amid coronavirus outbreak

Sheriff John Tharp said that no inmates have been diagnosed with the virus, but the sheriff's office will immediately begin taking precautions.

LUCAS COUNTY, Ohio — The Lucas County Sheriff's Office is implementing changes to the visitation schedule in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp said in statement that although there are currently no inmates in the county's custody who have been diagnosed with coronavirus, the sheriff's office will immediately begin taking the following precautions to restrict access to the jail:

  • All non-mandated programming will be canceled. This includes public tours and volunteer services.
  • Inmate personal visitation will be provided through the Global Tek Link (GTL) tablet remote based system. Each inmate will be allowed one 30-minute remote visit per week free of charge.
  • Professional visitors will be encouraged to utilize the video visitation system, by appointment at designated times (Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) by calling 419-213-4863.
  • Inmates will continue to have access to their attorney for legal counsel.
  • The Corrections Center will continue to screen inmates during the booking process for symptoms of contagious disease, shortness of breath and recent travel history to areas designated by the CDC.

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Protect yourself from coronavirus

  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined can.
  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available, use and alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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