QUINCY (WGEM) — Several Adams County Jail inmates were refused transfer by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) due to one of them testing positive for COVID-19, according to the Adams County Sheriff Department.
Sheriff, Brian VonderHaar reported that on Wednesday the sheriff's office had attempted to transport numerous inmates to an IDOC prison facility, but IDOC officials refused to take custody of the inmates.
VonderHaar stated that on Thursday the sheriff's office again attempted to transfer the inmates and that IDOC officials informed them that one of the Adams County inmates had tested positive for COVID-19. Because of that IDOC officials were refusing to take custody of any Adams County inmates. All inmates were returned to the Adams County Jail.
VonderHaar stated the sheriff's office has been working with the Adams County Health Department to put procedures in place to protect the inmate population and corrections officers.
The jail has been disinfected and extra precautions have been put in place. The involved inmates have been isolated and our medical staff is monitoring the situation, VonderHaar said.
VonderHaar said the sheriff’s office had been working hard to protect inmates and officers from COVID-19 since March and they continuously sanitize, use PPE and monitor all new inmates coming into the jail facility.