Stephens County Jail visitation policy changes in response to COVID-19 concerns

Jail visitation to continue, but with added precautions

ConnectLocal.News contacted Sheriff Randy Shirley this morning regarding any possible changes in visitation policies at the local jail in light of concerns over COVID-19 and statements by Gov. Brian Kemp yesterday.


Shirley stressed that the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office takes the safety and health of the citizens who visit the jail very seriously, and also understands the benefits of visitation for the inmate and their family, and has instituted several precautionary policies.


"Due to the possible outbreak of Covid-19, Visitors who enter the jail and shows signs of “sickness will be turned away”. (Cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, confusion, bluish lips, and or fever)," he stated.


"Visitors will be allowed to enter with their own personal bottles of hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes. Visitors will be allowed, if they wish, their own PPE (face mask) into visitation, as long as the individual is identified to the jail intake officer," he added.


Before each round of visitation, a jail employee will spray or wipe each visitor phone with the appropriate disinfectant and cleaning wipes.


"These precautions will continue for an initial period of two weeks beginning 03-14-2020, which may be extended at any time by order of the Sheriff."



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