Jan. 7, 2021
Detention Center on lockdown
The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office has just announced the Chesterfield County Detention Center has been placed on lockdown because of nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the inmates. The intent of the lockdown is to slow the spread of the virus among inmates and staff, whose safety and well-being are the paramount concern.
A statement from the sheriff’s office said the CCSO is coordinating with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and health care professionals to provide proper treatment.
All inmates in the affected area with the first positive result were given the opportunity to be tested, and some did decline. However, all inmates who were not previously tested will be given the opportunity to be tested in the near future, according to the statement.
The statement also said at present, all visitation with inmates will be suspended but will be re-evaluated on an ongoing basis and will resume when it is safe to do so.
In addition, access to legal counsel remains a requirement at the CCDC but, like visitation, the center must mitigate the risk of exposure created by external visitors. As necessary, the CCSO will work with members of the private bar and circuit public defender’s office to make certain inmates have access to legal counsel.
Sheriff James Dixon asked for patience and understanding during this difficult time.
“I take very seriously my duty to provide a safe environment for inmates and staff at the Detention Center. COVID-19 has presented all of us with challenges, but with the continued prayers and support of the public, we will meet this challenge and overcome it,” said Dixon.
Further information will be posted to Breaking News as details become available.