COVID-19 at the Cass County Jail

Last Updated on December 16, 2020 by Cass County Sheriff’s Office

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Sheriff’s Office

CASS COUNTY, IND. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is responding to positive COVID-19 tests within the Cass County Jail.

Today, the Cass County Health Department assisted with completing testing of the jail population.

Forty-four inmates, or 23 percent of the population, have tested positive for COVID-19. Thus far, none of the inmates has had to be hospitalized. Those who tested positive are experiencing mild symptoms and are being treated with over-the-counter medication by the contracted medical provider.

The sheriff and jail staff are working to manage the outbreak with consultation and advice of several healthcare professionals.

In early 2020, the jail staff and Sheriff Schroder developed a COVID policy in conjunction with the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, Indiana Department of Corrections, Indiana State Department of Health and the Cass County Health Department.

Since the positive tests, the staff has locked down the jail, had the inmates tested, limited inmate movements, issued facemasks and increased sanitation efforts.

“During this serious situation and lockdown, I want to let families of the inmates know the appropriate care for their loved ones is our top priority,” Schroder said.

Since the start of the pandemic, six deputies and clerical employees have tested positive. Four are still quarantined. According to Schroder, none of the employeees who work in the jail has tested positive for COVID-19.

Fourteen COVID-19 positive inmates have been processed into the jail since early 2020. Those inmates were quarantined before being moved to general population locations.