“A nurse will truck to that individual and screen

terrified families of inmates express fear amid coronavirus pandemic

But the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office considers cellmates in these close quarters to fall within guidelines of Mesa County Public Health: keeping a distance of 6 feet from people who are not members of your household. Public Health agrees.

The Sheriff’s Office’s screening process is proactive. “A nurse will truck to that individual and screen them for any health concerns. Now, there’s a focus on any COVID related symptoms or any travel concerns,” says Megan Terlecky with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

They’re isolating anyone with red flags and so far, it’s worked. “We’ve had zero positive tests from any inmates and any staff from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office,” says Terlecky ## ## .

But for Stephanie, and for others like her, that’s not much comfort, “I’m terrified, more than anything.”

“They’re not under a death sentence there, the majority of them anyway, but it kind of seems like they are at this point,” Patricia says.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office says the jail has medical staff on site 24/7 and they’re coordinating with Mesa County Public Health to keep inmates safe.

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