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CORONAVIRUS: Increased testing schedule underway at Lyon County Law Enforcement Center after positive test last week Featured

CORONAVIRUS: Increased testing schedule underway at Lyon County Law Enforcement Center after positive test last week KVOE News file photo

An increased coronavirus testing schedule is now underway at the Lyon County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center after a jail staffer was confirmed with the virus last week.


The increased testing began Monday morning, several days after the staffer tested positive Wednesday, and Sheriff Jeff Cope says there was a reason for that delay.

Testing will involve all employees and inmates as well as employees of different support services.

Cope says the staffer came to work Wednesday morning and had a slightly elevated temperature after an initial screen. Less than an hour later, after mentioning she didn't feel well, there was a second temperature check which was above the 100.4-degree threshold. The staffer is now in isolation. Cope says three Detention Center staff and an inmate likely had close contact with the employee in question.

Cope says the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center won't need any changes to its COVID-19 procedures after several major changes were enacted March 13, including the facility shutting down to public access and use of masks for all office staff, deputies on calls and new inmates. Deputies are also handling more cases by phone call instead of face-to-face meetings. Lobby access has expanded somewhat with vehicle inspections and fingerprinting now available on a reduced basis.

Cope also says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment toured the Law Enforcement Center after the staffer got sick and said it was impressed with the steps taken to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

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