Tue. Sep 29th, 2020

FORMER CURRY COUNTY DETAINEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

The Curry County Detention enter announced that a former detainee has tested positive for COVID-19. The former detainee was brought into the facility by the Clovis Police Department on September 4th and was released on the 5th. The detainee was tested per protocol upon booking. Currently there are no other positive tests at the Detention Center that have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

In addition, since May, 215 employee and 750 detainee tests have been conducted with 41 tests pending. There are currently 175 detainees at the facility, 70 security staff, as well as 10 contractors. The County continues to work with DOH and at least 10% of the detainee population and 25% of the staff is tested on a weekly basis. The Curry County Detention Center continues to comply with COVID-19 Safe Practices by requiring temperatures taken before and after each shift, medically isolating any detainees experiencing symptoms, masks are being worn at all times, and all staff are screened. Any staff that experience symptoms are tested immediately and sent home to quarantine.

The Curry County Detention Center also has in place the following additional protocols: • Screen and test all new intakes regardless of length of stay and before they are moved into general population. • Surveillance testing of staff and detainees. • All new detainee bookings who meet the criteria to be quarantined will continue to be placed in a quarantine pod.

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle and Detention Administrator Mark Gallegos request the assistance from the public in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community by following COVID-19 Safe Practices, wearing face masks in public, maintaining social distancing and practicing good hygiene. This is the best way to slow the spread of this virus, and allow our schools and more businesses to re-open in our community. The County will provide additional details when they become available.