20 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the sheriff's office in the last few weeks. It is prompting the department to change some of the programs it normally does this time of year.
Sheriff Phil Sims issued this statement about the situation:
Due to COVID restrictions and the increase in the number of people testing positive in Marshall County, the MCSO has made several decisions related to programs that we normally do this time of year. The programs affected are:
• Cancellation of our Annual Awards Banquet
• Cancellation of Operation Brown Elf
• Altering FOP Shop With A Cop program
In the last several weeks, we have had 20 employees test positive for Covid 19.
• 7 from uniform division
• 3 from investigations
• 8 from administrative division
• 2 from corrections
Out of these, 6 were confirmed within the last 5 days. 11 employees have returned to work after adhering to CDC guidelines for quarantine.
We continue to wear masks, social distance, and wash our hands. We are constantly cleaning and sanitizing our building and jail. No inmates at this time have any symptoms. Our medical staff, Southern Health Partners, has done an outstanding job monitoring the inmate population, employees, and any visitors allowed to enter the building.
These are unprecedented times. Law enforcement is having to adapt to how we do our job, answer calls, deal with complaints, booking of inmates, so forth. Even though we are having to deal with these things, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is fully operational and will continue to serve the people of Marshall County.