Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader said over the weekend that his department is taking extra precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the sheriff’s statement below:
Alright folks, here are a few things that we, Sheriffs Office, will be changing and doing just as a precaution. We are looking at doing these things just as we would if we had a severe flu outbreak. These precautionary measures are being followed to protect you and Sheriffs Office staff.
Please remember, Deputies respond to and meet with many citizens throughout their shift and often times within the citizens home. Sheriffs Office staff have been asked to avoid shaking hands, stand about 6 feet away from citizens that they are meeting or talking with. Also, if you request a deputy for a report or other reason please step outside, if feasible, and meet with them. Deputies have been authorized to handle certain reports via telephone. These precautionary measures will not hinder or damper a criminal investigation.
Jail: Since we have a large population of individuals housed in a confined space, we will be taking precautionary measures at the jail as well. The one that will most likely affect family of incarcerated persons are revised visitation schedules. Also, services where outside individuals are allowed to meet with inmates i.e. church services and drug counseling services are suspended for now.
REMEMBER DON’T PANIC, TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AS YOU WOULD TRYING NOT TO CATCH THE FLU AND HELP YOUR FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS THAT MAY BE OVER 60 OR HAVE JEOPARDIZED IMMUNE SYSTEMS.