The health, safety, and wellbeing of the incarcerated, our staff, and the public is of the utmost importance to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout the pandemic, the Sheriff’s Office has worked closely with Yolo County Health Officials and WellPath (corrections’ medical provider) to ensure we are employing the best practices within our facilities. We actively monitor the state of the pandemic and consistently update our practices to ensure we are providing the safest environment feasible. The following is a summary of our safety practices and protocols:
All inmates are medically screened on arrival. All inmate workers (those who travel throughout our facility) are medically screened daily. All staff members are medically screened prior to the start of each shift. In addition, any person (vendor, attorney, etc.) entering the jail is medically screened prior to entering the jail facility.
If an incoming inmate does not meet the medical guidelines for admittance into the facility, the inmate is routed to the hospital for medical clearance. If the medical guidelines are not met by a staff member or vendor, they are also denied admittance to the facility.
All incoming inmates are tested for COVID-19. Any current inmate with COVID-19 symptoms or presenting with a complaint of sickness is tested for COVID-19. All staff entering the jail facility are tested for COVID-19 at least once weekly.
COVID-19 vaccinations are available to anyone incarcerated desiring to be inoculated. The County of Yolo has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy which applies to all Sheriff’s Office staff.
Decreased Movement / Physical Distancing
Inmates are now housed in single cells as population allows. Housing pods have been reorganized to provide for 6-foot distances between chairs. Inmates are required to social distance and wear masks when out in general areas. Inmates are provided with literature regarding the importance of physical distancing. Staff members now distribute commissary rather than the vendor.
The jail has employed increased cleaning and sanitation measures. Hand sanitizer is provided to the inmate population. Mail is held for 24 hours prior to distribution.
Isolation unit with up to 23 beds is utilized for any inmate Positive for COVID-19. An additional 26 beds have been prepared as an additional quarantine unit if necessary.
Upon release, inmates are provided with literature regarding available emergency housing.