Pennington County law enforcement taking precautions against COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D. —With the first confirmed case in Hughes county coming out of the South Dakota Women’s Prison, measures to protect inmates from community spread from visitors are in effect.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is taking extra precautions with in-person visitors. They’re keeping the number of people coming in to a minimum.

“We’ve cut down, cut out the contact visits and we’ve cut out the onsite video visitations, so we are trying to reduce the amount of traffic that flows in and out of our facilities to protect the inmates, the detainees and our staff,” said Brian Mueller, Chief Deputy of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. “There are still numerous ways that people can continue to visit. All that information is available on our jail and juvenile service center website.”

The Rapid City Police Department is also confirming procedures to mitigate exposure, should an officer encounter a community member showing symptoms.

Chief Karl Jegeris says the safety of the public is still the number one priority.

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