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Milwaukee County Wisconsin
 

COVID-19 Dashboard for Individuals in County Care

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Milwaukee County is committed to maintaining transparency throughout the duration of the public health emergency to keep the public informed about the health and well-being of those who live and work in our facilities. The data below represents the latest case information and is updated on Mondays and Thursdays.

Our Commitment

Milwaukee County is responding with all available resources to mitigate the potential impact and spread of COVID-19 in within our most vulnerable individuals, those in our care within the County's confined facilities. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the health and safety of our staff, the public and those in our custody. We coordinate with public health officers and healthcare professionals in the county to monitor developments related to this rapidly evolving situation.

Milwaukee County’s Community Justice Council leadership have been working tirelessly to develop comprehensive strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout our local justice system and broader community.

Recognizing jails and prisons are vulnerable to outbreaks of this kind, it was imperative to introduce new protective screening and isolation procedures, as well as reduce the number of individuals within our local facilities.

Updates

Oct. 20, 2020

 

Our Strategy

Milwaukee County has been successful in achieving the reduction of possible COVID-19 cases in our justice facilities by:

  • Reducing total jail population to 1,373 from 1,809 in December 2019
  • Allowing for single-occupant cells at the jail, which is indicated as a national best practice and provides for safe physical distancing
  • Limiting new jail admissions – no standalone misdemeanor arrests will result in the immediate transfer of individuals to the local county jail; instead, law enforcement agencies refer the appropriate charges to the District Attorney’s Office for review
  • Providing individuals who have contact with law enforcement agencies with contact information for the Public Defender’s Office
  • Cleaning and sanitizing dorms at the House of Correction three times per day, instead of the once per day cycle before the outbreak
  • Screening every youth who comes to the Division of Youth and Family Services by taking their temperature and asking screening questions
  • Housing inmates who have either tested positive or are symptomatic in quarantine dormitories at the HOC
  • Making available 80 HOC beds that can be used for quarantine space, if needed
  • Working closely with local health departments (Franklin and Milwaukee) to conduct contact tracing to ensure inmate and staff are protected
  • Immediately reviewing all felony cases by the District Attorney’s Office

Quick Facts

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  What have you been doing to stop the spread of COVID-19?

We coordinate with public health officers and healthcare professionals in the county to monitor developments related to this rapidly evolving situation.

Allowing for single-occupant cells at the jail, which is indicated as a national best practice and provides for safe physical distancing.

Limiting new jail admissions – no standalone misdemeanor arrests will result in the immediate transfer of individuals to the local county jail, instead, law enforcement agencies refer the appropriate charges to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

  What happens when an inmate is too sick to remain in your custody?

When deemed by medical professionals that an inmate is has greater medical needs than what can be treated at our secure facilities, that individual is transferred to a local hospital.

  How often are dormitories cleaned?

Dorms at the House of Correction are being cleaned and sanitized three times per day, instead of the once per day cycle before the outbreak.

  What happens to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are displaying symptoms?

Whenever an inmate is found to be symptomatic for the flu, potential COVID-19 and/or any other symptom which may or may not be contagious, that inmate is immediately removed from the dormitory and assigned to a quarantine space where they are assessed and tested for COVID-19.

  Do inmates have equipment like masks, and gloves to protect themselves?

Inmates have access to the necessary supplies to frequently wash their hands and sanitize the dormitory.

Each inmate has been issued a surgical mask to wear and these masks are replaced every 6 days.

  Do staff have the proper protective equipment?

Staff have been issued or have access to PPE applicable to their work assignment. Staff members are instructed to wipe down their work area at the start of each shift and sanitary wipes are provided and maintained at each work station to accomplish this task.

  How many people are housed in a dormitory?

At the House of Correction, before the COVID-19 outbreak our dorms held between 60 and 70 people. We’re now capping dormitories at 40 people.

  If someone came into contact with someone with COVID-19, how will they find out?

The local health departments work closely with corrections officials to conduct contact tracing to ensure inmate and staff are protected.

  Are people being released from your facilities?

The steps to create reduction were and will continue to be done with great thought and care with the best interests of victims and public safety in mind.

The District Attorney’s Office will continue to immediately review all felony cases, as well as Domestic Violence misdemeanor matters, for charging.

Between 175 and 190 individuals are being supervised on electronic monitoring.

  My loved one is at one of your facilities, why can’t I get any information about their health?

There are federal HIPPA (privacy concerns) that we are held to. We cannot share medically sensitive information with family/friends unless the individual in our care signs a release of information form.

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