COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the San Diego County Probation Department doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in facilities?
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 within our institutions, Institutional Services has implemented the following precautions:
- Posting of Department signage outside each facility and inside the living units, restrooms, and kitchens.
- Interagency townhall meetings with Juvenile Court Health Services (JCHS) nurses to address concerns, answer questions and provide a plan as needed.
- For all new intakes entering the hall, Probation and our medical provider are checking the temperature and completing a screening that includes asking questions related to infectious diseases as part of the initial intake process. If any symptoms that are associated with COVID-19 are observed or if the youth has been in contact with someone who is ill or traveled to an area previously identified as a COVID-19 area of concern, the medical clinic is immediately notified.
- Participation in frequent communication with the County’s Emergency Operations Center to share information and obtain COVID-19 updates from partner agencies.
- Preparation of a medical isolation unit within each facility.
- Probation has instructed janitorial services at facilities to ensure all bathrooms are cleaned daily and have readily available hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizers and disinfectant.
- Janitorial services are bringing in staff to clean and disinfect common touch areas twice per day.
- Is San Diego County Probation suspending visitations of youth in Juvenile Facilities?
To protect the health and safety of youth who are currently housed within the County’s juvenile halls and Urban Camp, the San Diego County Probation Department has suspended in-person visitations at facilities until further notice. These visits include after-court, special and weekend visits by family members and/or community-based organizations. Required legal visits will be held as scheduled and all court ordered visits will be honored. Youth in facilities will have extended phone privileges to maintain contact with family and loved ones. The San Diego County Probation Department has been a pioneer in the use of technology such as Skype and Facetime to enable video visitation. We have already increased our capacity for video visitation since the start of this event and we anticipate that we will be able to scale it up further in the coming days. Probation’s priority is to protect the health and wellness of staff and youth. This is solely a proactive measure developed in conjunction with our medical provider and the Board of State and Community Corrections. At this time the San Diego County Probation Department has not identified any infected staff or youth in its facilities.
- If my child in a Probation Facility becomes ill with COVID-19, will I be notified?
Yes, the facility and/or our medical provider will contact a parent or guardian.
- Have any other Probation services been suspended?
The Department is taking proactive measures to protect employees and program participants. At this time, Work Project crews have been suspended. Participants will be notified when program activity resumes.
- Where can I learn more about Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Beware of scams, false news and hoaxes surrounding novel coronavirus. Accurate information, including announcements of new cases in San Diego County, will always be distributed by the County and Centers for Disease Control through press releases, official social media channels, and their website. The San Diego County COVID-19 website is an excellent resource.
Other reliable sources of information about novel coronavirus are:
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH, State)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, National)
- World Health Organization (WHO, International)
If you have questions and would like to speak to someone, call 2-1-1 which is available 24 hours a day.