Warren County jail addresses Covid outbreak

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Warren County Regional Jail confirmed Thursday that 14 inmates have tested positive for Covid 19.

The affected jail residents were from different cells that are currently all located in one housing area within the facility.

All inmate movement from that housing unit has been suspended except for an absolute emergency.

All onsite attorney visitation has been suspended for the safety of the jail staff, attorneys and those incarcerated.

“The Warren County Regional Jails contracted medical provider, Southern Health Partners, has been in the affected cells educating the inmates on best practices to prevent the spread of the virus in our overpopulated congregate setting,” Warren County Jailer Stephen Harmon said in a written statement.

Southern Health Partners Personnel and WCRJ Staff are monitoring and treating the inmates as the jail staff continue to oversee the welfare of the inmate population.

Since May 2020, all inmates have been provided facial coverings and they will continue to have them provided to comply with the mandate to wear them when outside their cell. Inmates are also encouraged to utilize them inside the cell as well.

Cleaning in high traffic and common spaces has been conducted since the early months of the pandemic and will continue. Inmates are provided cleaning supplies twice per day to help decrease the spread of the virus.

Reporting to Kentucky Department of Corrections, United State Marshals Service, Barren River District Health Department, Warren County Emergency Management, Warren County District and Circuit Courts, and other agencies have been completed concerning this outbreak and those inmates involved.

At this time, the administrative offices of the Warren County Regional Jail will remain open since there is no direct contact with the inmate population.