Santa Cruz County courts slow to full speed with COVID-19 surge

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The justice system and law enforcement are feeling the impact of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Santa Cruz County Jail. and the arrival of omicron did not help. “We have suspended jury trials until mid-February so that we have more time to achieve this,” said the court’s chief executive, Alex Calvo. A spike in omicron COVID-19 cases at Santa Cruz County Jail is causing trial dates to be suspended. A few days ago, 55 inmates and seven correctional officers tested positive. As of Tuesday, 58 inmates and six prison officers have the virus. spokesperson, Ashley Keehn. None of the cases resulted in serious illness or hospitalization. Most cases have been mild. The prison population is maintained at 89% occupancy. It has a capacity of 311 inmates. Currently, 278 people are housed there. Law enforcement officers must also follow protocols when dropping off arrestees. and public safety,” said Acting Santa Cruz Police Chief Bernie Escalante. In most cases, hearings are held remotely. There is a separate area designated for court appearances. sanitize the room to get one person at a time out of the holding cell into the location,” Calvo said. Those arrested and brought to the main prison are all screened for COVID-19 symptoms and quarantined before being placed in the general population. “We’ve been able to avoid a major outbreak in the last two years I think with the new variant which are incredibly contagious, it’s unfortunate but we’re taking as many precautions as we can to hopefully keep it that way. does not happen again,” Keehn said. Anyone with questions can contact his attorney.

The justice system and law enforcement are feeling the impact of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Santa Cruz County Jail.

The spike in COVID-19 cases at the Santa Cruz County Main Jail has strained the court process as cases are on hold and the arrival of omicron has not helped.

“We have suspended jury trials at this time until mid-February so that we have more time to achieve this,” said the court’s chief executive, Alex Calvo.

A spike in omicron COVID-19 cases at Santa Cruz County Jail is causing trial dates to be suspended.

A few days ago, 55 inmates and seven correctional officers tested positive. As of Tuesday, 58 inmates and six correctional officers have the virus.

“There are maybe 10 to 15 new cases that have been identified and then some people who have improved and been able to return to their normal housing,” Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Ashley Keehn said. .

None of the cases resulted in serious illness or hospitalization. Most cases have been mild.

The prison population is maintained at 89% occupancy. It has a capacity of 311 inmates. Currently, 278 people are housed there.

Law enforcement officers must also follow protocols when dropping off arrestees.

“That means there’s less space and fewer beds, so we’ve had to be more judicious about who goes to jail and balance COVID protocols and public safety,” said Bernie Escalante, chief of the Santa Cruz Acting Police.

In most cases, court hearings are held remotely.

A separate area is reserved for court appearances.

“It takes longer because between each appearance prison staff have to sanitize the room to get one person out of the holding cell at a time,” Calvo said.

Those arrested and brought to the main prison are all screened for COVID-19 symptoms and quarantined before being placed in the general population.

“We are able to avoid a major outbreak in the last couple of years, I think with the new variant which is incredibly contagious it is unfortunate but we are taking as many precautions as possible to hopefully may this not happen again,” Keehn said. .

It is important that if you have a lawsuit during this wave, you appear in court.

Anyone with questions can contact their lawyer.

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