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COVID-19 at the Cass County Jail

Last Updated on January 12, 2022 by Cass County Sheriff’s Office

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department is responding to five positive COVID-19 tests within the Cass County Jail.

Today, after consultation with the Indiana State Department of Health, Cass County Health Department Staff, Cass County EMS staff and Quality Correctional Care staff assisted with testing of the jail population. 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 our contracted medical provider, Quality Correctional Care.

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

In early 2020, the jail staff and Sheriff Schroder developed a COVID policy in conjunction with the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, Indian 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 disinfecting 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. These are our first cases within the jail cell blocks since January 2021. The results of the tests administered today should begin arriving by the weekend. Also, we have had nine corrections officers who have tested positive. This a very serious situation and we are working to mitigate the infection spread within the facility and staff,” stated Schroder.

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Sheriff’s Office