Strict mitigation efforts still in place at St. Landry Parish Jail as Omicron arises

ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KLFY) – At St. Landry Parish Jail, protocols and mitigations are still in place and strictly enforced as the state’s COVID cases continue to rise.

Parish President Jessie Bellard says, “Is it 100%? Maybe not, but you have to do what you can to stop it.

It all starts when an inmate is booked.

He is being tested for COVID using PCR testing supplies.

When the results are returned 24 hours later, the following steps are taken.

“If negative. they go to another section. All the positives remain confined,” says Bellard.

The prison is ready to accommodate COVID positive inmates in the COVID wing.

Bellard adds: “The COVID unit is a positive block, only positive people are in this block.”

If an inmate tests positive while in custody, they are released from their cell and transferred to the COVID block to be quarantined there for ten days.

Bellard continues: “Five days does not apply to prisons”.

Treatment is provided for all illnesses and symptoms of COVID.

“We give them vitamins and supplements,” says Bellard.

In the COVID block, the cell is disinfected.

Bellard explains, “We have a sanitation and cleaning service that comes in and takes care of the cell.”

For this extra layer of protection, all three vaccines are available and can be administered.

“It’s for those who want to take it. I feel like it helps us,” says Bellard.

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