Berkshire Jail Says No Inmates Have COVID-19; 4 Cases Among Staff | WAMC

Berkshire Jail Says No Inmates Have COVID-19; 4 Cases Among Staff

Apr 17, 2020

The Berkshire County House of Corrections says while none of its inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, four of its staff members have. 

According to Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office superintendent Jack Quinn, none of the jail’s 160 or so inmates have coronavirus, but three non-correctional officer staff members and one officer have the disease.

“All the inmates are masked, all the officers are masked, temperatures are taken every single day of both the staff and the inmates," Quinn told WAMC. "We have decon stations set up for the officers and the cleaning is tenfold inside with the inmate population.”

Quinn says the jail’s infirmary is equipped to handle COVID-19, and that the facility is well stocked with personal protective equipment.

Two epidemiologists are on call, and daily meetings are held with medical staff to monitor the situation. Inmates have been granted a limited number of free external calls on a monthly basis for the duration of the pandemic.