According to David Kessling, Warden for the Clearfield County Jail, the jail has been on lockdown since the start of the pandemic.
“We don’t have visitation going on right now. We are restricting inmates to their housing units,” he said.
Towards the end of last year, Kessling said they set more restrictions because of outbreaks in neighboring counties.
He said they’ve sparingly released inmates early on a case by case basis depending upon the charges and health of the individual.
He also said all inmates coming into the facility are isolated and tested. Those who test positive, isolate for 14 days.
As of today, Kessling said there are no active COVID-19 cases at the jail.
He said these low numbers are all because of the due diligence of the county’s employees.
“The fact that these people come to work every single day and continue to come to work every single day, I think that deserves some recognition,” said Kessling.
The Centre County Correctional Facility is also doing their part amid COVID-19.
“With returning citizens we have 19 positive cases, we have 95 recovered and I think total negatives is like 499..staff wise we have zero that are positive,” said Christopher Schell, Warden of the Centre County Correctional Facility.
Amid COVID-19, Schell said they aren’t accepting inmates from outside of the county.