Sheriff talks COVID-19 at Muscogee County Jail

Sheriff talks COVID-19 at Muscogee County Jail

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been 137 inmates within the Muscogee County Jail who have tested positive for the virus, according to the Muscogee County sheriff.

As of Monday, there are two inmates with COVID-19 out of the current 926 inmates. Current procedures mandate that when a new inmate is booked in, all must be quarantined for 10 days until they are put into general population.

Sheriff Greg Countryman said since being appointed, it has been his objective to try and keep the case count as low as possible within the jail to avoid any outbreaks.

“We are trying to control the environment so we can sort of predict the outcome,” said Countryman. “The outcome is we want to make sure we can interrupt the virus here. We know that we are not going to be 100 percent, but we have to have good faith efforts.”

Countryman also said he would like to look at the possibility of having non-aggressive misdemeanor charges taken care of outside of the jail to keep the population count down. As Countryman received the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, he said when it is made available for inmates in the state’s vaccine distribution plan, the inmates will have to option to receive it.

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