Branchville Correctional Facility shares efforts to flatten the curve


BRANCHVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — After two inmates tested positive for COVID-19, Branchville Correctional Facility is sharing ways it’s working to flatten the curve.

The facility’s Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS) Program has changed its focus from making quilts to making face masks. Masks are being made for each offender as well as staff, and they are to be worn at all times. Branchville says over 2000 masks have been produced so far.

Staff and offenders are screened daily for fevers, and staff’s temperatures are taken every day before entering the facility. Any staff who has a fever of 100 degrees or higher is sent home. Branchville says the positive offender cases are isolated in a different area.

The facility also took steps for social distancing by offering no cross programming, temporarily cancelling face to face visits, and cancelling all volunteer programs. Offenders and staff have been tapped to clean continuously, practice social distancing during any movement. Sanitizer has been deployed in all areas and is available to all offenders and staff. 

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(This story was originally published on April 23, 2020)

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