The continued health and safety of our staff, offenders in our care, clients, and the public is our highest priority. 

 

At Larimer County Criminal Justice Services (which includes Alternative Sentencing and Community Corrections), we understand there are concerns for offenders and the public that are caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in Colorado and in the Larimer County community.  We have been working with the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment and have been following their guidance on how our department should be handling operations.  In addition to the Health Dept, we have also worked closely with other criminal justice agencies to balance public safety and the concerns of COVID-19. 

 

The purpose of this webpage is to post information related to Public Health Orders and events affecting our agency, our response efforts to protect and recover, as well as the current status of resident COVID-19 positive cases in our facilities.

 

*Updated 01/22/2021 at 4:30 PM (this page will be updated approximately one time per week)

A few things to note about positive cases:

Larimer County Community Corrections has two separate distinct facilities within their building - a female side distinctly separate from a male side.  Due to the separated facility housing/operations for females and males, a positive case occurring simultaneously in both the female housing and male housing areas are very likely not connected to each other.  Also, when new offenders come into our custody, they are tested for COVID-19 and quarantined pending their results.  (An offender may opt to not test, however their quarantine period may last longer).  If any new offender becomes positive for COVID-19 during their quarantine period, it is very unlikely that transmission occurs outside of the quarantined cohort during that period.  If a new offender transfers to our facility and their intake COVID-19 test results positive, then the positive case is not attributed to our facility, and will be attributed to the facility that previously held the offender.
 

Here are the details on recent positive cases:

  • There have been no recent positive cases in our facilities.

 
*This information will be updated approximately one time per week and will contain information on recent positive cases occurring within the previous week.  Information on prior positive cases occurring at Community Corrections or Alternative Sentencing are logged within the dated sections containing COVID response updates below.
 
(Last Update:  01/22/2021 at 4:30 PM) 

3/11/20 - Facilitated a meeting between the Health Dept Director Tom Gonzales and several local law enforcement/criminal justice leaders to answer questions and discuss County COVID-19 response.

 

3/12/20 - Message to CJS staff to continue to be vigilant of hygiene and cleanliness in the facility and provided extra cleaning assistance from County facilities, as well as extra disinfectant materials distributed throughout the buildings for staff use.

 

3/13/20 -

  • Message sent to all CJS offenders in custody notifying of CJS working with the Health Dept; encouraged steps to slow spread of illnesses; contact staff and seek medical attention if feeling ill; and modifications made to limit public access to our facilities (temporarily closing visitation, volunteer programs, and limiting item drop-off until further notice).
  • Intermittent custody programs at ASD (Workenders and Midweeks) temporarily closed until further notice. 
  • Clients coming to the Day Reporting Center (DRC) for substance testing who are experiencing symptoms are instructed to contact their supervising agency; urinalysis tests available for non-symptomatic clients; breathalyzers limited to residential clients only.  
  • All closures and changes to programs posted on CJS/ASD/ComCor webpages and are continually updated as needed.
  • Per Health Dept, Work Release staff begins tracking offenders in custody that report illness and begin using temporal thermometer on those who report symptoms.
  • Information resource hub created for consistently updated information for CJS staff.
 

3/15/20 -

  • Offender Kitchen workers limited to only residential clients; non-residential community service workers not permitted to come into the kitchen.
  • CJS and Health Dept communicate needs for PPE.
 

3/16/20 -

  • CJS and Office of Emergency Management discuss PPE supply needs.  CJS will prepare to use them at the direction of the Health Dept.
  • Larimer County Joint Information Center (JIC) set up to handle public information inquiries.  CJS directs public inquiries to JIC.
  • Community Service office allows for clients to register over the phone to reduce in-office visits.
  • All ComCor Evaluation appointments will be conducted over the phone until further notice. Non-Residential clients are encouraged to not enter the building for testing or appointments if they are presenting symptoms. 
 

3/17/20 - CJS posts specific days and times to allow for item drop-off to CJS offenders in custody.

 

3/18/20 -

  • Health Dept provides guidance to County employees to self-quarantine for 14 days if experiencing symptoms, been exposed to a positive case, or traveled outside the area.
  • CJS leaders check in with Health Dept and they confirm CJS is following all recommendations at this point for offenders and staff.
  • Message sent to all CJS offenders in custody notifying that CJS is in compliance with all Larimer County Dept of Health recommendations with no further changes at this time; when and if that changes, CJS is prepared to make the required modifications to keep our offender population safe; and reminder to reduce spread of illnesses and to report illness to staff.

3/19/20 -

  • By Order of the Larimer County Health Dept, Work Release is planned to be closed temporarily on March 20, 2020 to release most Work Release offenders in custody.
  • Message sent to Work Release offenders notifying of planned closure and to make plans for release on March 20, 2020 and under special conditions while temporarily released from the facility.  Credit status handled case-by-case according to sentencing court. 
  • Community Corrections will limit new clients to its Treatment Programs, no longer accepting intakes directly from the community.  Intakes from custodial settings must be transported by professional staff and will be screened for symptoms.
  • AIIM/Wellness Court “cafe” will be closed and client medications are packed where appropriate.  The office remains open for homeless clients. 
 

3/20/20 - 

  • By Order of the Larimer County Health Dept, Work Release temporarily closed, most offenders released, and new Work Release intakes put on-hold.
  • Some Community Corrections offenders moved into the vacated Work Release housing in order to increase social distancing.
  • Coordinating with the Health Dept to establish a process for separation of offenders. 
  • Reminders to staff sent out:  when working near or with an offender with symptoms, utilize appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, specifically a mask and gloves; wash your hands or use hand sanitizer throughout your time in the building; maintain social distancing, at least 6 feet between individuals; routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, counter-tops, and doorknobs.
  • The Day Reporting Center begins verbally screening all clients for COVID-19 symptoms.  Any clients displaying symptoms will be turned away. 
  • Late in day, CJS received confirmation that an offender in Community Corrections tested positive for COVID-19; the Health Department is investigating and notifying employees in accordance with CDC guidance and Health Department procedures and protocols; and message sent to staff that if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) they must immediately notify their supervisor and HR.
  • Offender who tested positive isolated from other offenders in custody, and those who were in close contact are quarantined per Health Dept.
 

3/21/20 -

  • Message sent to all CJS offenders in custody notifying that CJS received confirmation late in the previous day that a community corrections offender tested positive for COVID-19; all precautions have been adhered to and the situation is being monitored closely in conjunction with the Health Dept; and reminder to continually take steps to prevent the spread of illnesses in the facility, as well as informing staff immediately if experiencing symptoms.
  • Message sent to CJS staff regarding CDC guidance on face masks.
  • Larimer County Health Dept epidemiologist conducted an informational Q & A for ASD staff and separately for ComCor staff; info was shared with other staff that could not be present.
 

3/22/20 - 

  • All employees reporting for shifts must fill out an electronic report about symptoms prior to beginning their shift to monitor staff and have a quick response if symptoms are identified.
  • Message sent out to all CJS offenders in custody notifying that every offender is required to fill out the COVID-19 Symptom Survey everyday; not meant to cause alarm, but to monitor health in the housing area and have a quick response if symptoms are identified.
  • Any closure updates and changes to programs posted on CJS/ASD/ComCor webpages and are continually updated as needed.
 

3/23/20 -

  • The epidemiologist assigned to assist CJS from the Larimer County Health Department provides guidelines on when it is safe for individuals to come out of isolation; any decision to remove restrictions from an individual under isolation have been at the direction of the Health Dept.
  • Management staff from all CJS departments begin having daily 1pm meetings to address staff concerns and operational concerns.
 

3/24/20

  • By Order of the Larimer County Health Dept, all residents of the Community Corrections facility who would otherwise be allowed to enter the community for work are ordered to remain in the facility and to cease going into the community except for medical reasons until April 17, 2020; this order is effective March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Clients/offenders are given more space for recreation by closing one parking lot outside the building.
  • Case managers meet with clients/offenders either over the phone or by using proper social distancing. 
 

3/25/20 - 

  • Public Health Director, Tom Gonzales, issues a shelter-in-place order for Larimer County to take effect on 3/26/20; the purpose of the order is to ensure full and uniform compliance with physical distancing practices; the order exempts County government services because they are essential to the health, safety and welfare of our community.
  • Health Dept epidemiologist continues to provide updates and specific direction on isolation and quarantine procedures and tracking of offenders in custody of Criminal Justice Services.

3/26/20 - Message sent to all CJS offenders in custody notifying of updated procedures for obtaining personal items and over-the-counter medications.

 

3/27/20 -

  • Message sent to all CJS offenders in custody notifying that CJS is now providing four free 10-minute phone calls per week (up from two free calls per week) through the IC Solutions system (as usual, offenders may continue to purchase personal phone time above this allowance, and pre-arranged legal/medical/treatment-related agency calls remain free).
  • Pretrial Services limits foot traffic into the facility by only holding in-person meetings with defendants who were recently ordered to Pretrial Supervision and need to complete an intake interview to set up conditions of bond.  All other Pretrial client needs and services are now handled by phone.

     

3/28/20 -

  • DRC hours are changed to 3pm-7pm.  DRC staff are still on shift during normal business hours to answer phone questions and support security staff. 
  • The Health Dept continues to provide specific direction to CJS on isolation and quarantine rooms and practices.  Information is provided to all CJS staff daily.
  • Reminder sent to all CJS staff to continue cleaning work surfaces with provided disinfectant throughout each day.
 

3/29/20 - 

  • Reminder sent to all CJS staff on daily pre-shift symptoms survey and what defines exposure.
  • Information provided to Vending Machine staff on PPE.
 

3/30/20 -

  • Information provided to contract cleaning service about daily pre-shift symptoms survey. 
  • No daily subsistence fee for ComCor offenders from 3/25/20 - 4/23/20.  The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice is providing the funding for this time period.
  • Message sent to all CJS offenders in custody notifying of new procedures and guidelines for receiving dropped-off items from family/friends taking effect on 4/1/20.

 

4/1/20 - Case managers are managing laundry cards to provide offenders the ability to wash/dry their clothing at our in-facility laundry machines.

4/2/20 -

  • Information provided regarding program violation for clients/offenders if communicating false information about COVID-19 and the community corrections facility. 
  • CJS staff reminded of Human Resources contact information if concerned about illness.
  • A large variety of Over-the-Counter medications has been made available for offender use as needed in both facilities at staff desk.
  • Staff taking offenders on group walks to get some time outside, but reminded that everyone must remain at least 6 feet away from each other.
  • Clients/offenders may use their cell phones while outside at rec to allow for communication with their support systems as visitation is still temporarily suspended.
  • Parking lots are further barricaded to restrict public access. 

 

4/3/20 -

  • Message sent to all CJS offenders in custody reminding of the importance to complete the Client Survey at the kiosk everyday in order to promote everyone's health and safety.
  • Received multiple clients' COVID-19 test results today and they all came back negative.  At this current time, there are no positive COVID-19 cases in our facilities.
  • CJS continuing to communicate frequently and work directly with the Larimer County Health Dept.
  • Information, reminders, and phone numbers updated daily to staff resource site in order to accurately and efficiently manage our offender/client population.
  • ComCor management begins making arrangements for special dinners once a week for clients/offenders in custody. 
 

4/6/20 -

  • Any closure updates and changes to programs posted on CJS/ASD/ComCor webpages and are continually updated as needed.
  • Updates to quarantine rooms were discussed and communicated to staff. 
  • Reminders to all to continue taking the symptoms survey everyday.
  • Recommendations on mask use from Larimer County Health Dept communicated to staff.
  • Information from the CDC on use of cloth face coverings provided to staff.
 

4/7/20 -

  • No current confirmed positive cases.  Still several rooms still on 14-day quarantine status due to possible exposure circumstances.  Preparing for some ComCor rooms to come off quarantine status tomorrow. 
  • Inquired with the Health Dept about whether there will be an extension to the dates for the Work Release and Community Corrections Public Orders.
  • Pretrial Supervision begins conducting video conferencing and electronic signatures for meetings and signing of pretrial supervision terms contracts.
 

4/8/20 -

  • Multiple rooms came off of quarantine status today, in accordance with Health Dept direction.
  • Staff continues to take small groups of residents on escorted nature walks in the area with with separation/distancing.
  • A resident BBQ was arranged at dinner today for offenders in custody; housing areas were time-staggered for food pick-up for separation/distancing.
  • The decision was made to suspend client drop-offs starting today.  Drop-offs will resume on Sunday, 4/12/20 with new restrictions.  The current suspension and updated item drop-off procedures were posted to ComCor website, as well as message sent to all CJS offenders in custody.
  • Updated Public Health Orders were issued by the Health Dept for both Work Release closure and Community Corrections offenders restricted from community (except for medical).  The Orders were extended to 4/26/20.  Updated Public Health Orders were posted to this webpage.  

4/9/20 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance chart by classification of in-custody persons and staff - created for CJS staff reference of PPE use in the facilities; chart created with assistance from the Health Dept; emailed to staff and posted to staff site as an informational resource.

 

4/10/20 - 

  • More protocols established for offender walks/recreation to follow distancing recommendations and allow for residents to have permissible allowances and exercise during recreation time.
  • Amendments to some facility rules made, such as providing for additional dining locations within the facility to accommodate distancing.
  • Information on PPE and protocols provided to staff about County Facilities, contractors, and cleaning workers coming into CJS facilities.
 

4/13/20 -

  • Several rooms/residents came off quarantine status over the weekend per the Health Dept's guidance. 
  • Item drop-off was resumed yesterday; modified procedures were posted on the ComCor website and sent to residents via kiosk message.
  • A phone was added to a conference room in Community Corrections for certain offenders to continue their treatment with external agencies via phone.

 

4/14/20 - 

  • A few offender residents came off isolation status today per the Health Dept's guidance.  Only a few remain in isolation status and so far have tested negative with only one awaiting results.
  • Planning for special dinner for residents on Wednesday (tomorrow) night.
  • A message will be sent to all CJS offender residents to sleep alternating head to foot for adjacent beds, as recommended by the CDC.
 

4/15/20 - 

  • Google business listings for ASD programs were updated with postings on status and changes.
  • Test results came back negative for the last-tested offender in isolation status.
  • ComCor employment specialist will be working with clients to fill out needed information for stimulus check.
  • Protocols being put in place to hold offenders accountable to the 6-ft separation rule while out on walks.

4/16/20 - 

  • 2 residents went for COVID-19 testing today and results should come back within a couple days. 
  • Categories to be added to resident symptom survey:  vomiting, diarrhea, headache, tiredness, and loss of taste and/or smell.
  • Staff are continuing to remind and encourage residents to alternate adjacent bunks sleeping head to toe, especially in rooms that are full. 
 

4/17/20 -

  • The new symptom categories were added to the resident symptom survey and it is up and running on the kiosk.
  • Arrangements are being made for the Larimer County Extension Office to send several hundred cloth masks to our department on Monday.
 

4/20/20 -

  • 2 residents that tested last Thursday had results come back negative for COVID-19.  
  • This afternoon, a couple hundred masks will be coming to CJS for residents to use.
 

4/21/20 - Some resident rooms were taken off of quarantine status in the past couple days per Health Dept guidance.

 

4/22/20 -

  • Resident BBQ special dinner held tonight, with staggered times for different housing areas.
  • Management is developing plans with guidance from the Health Dept on when and how to carefully bring ASD and ComCor offenders back into their respective buildings.
  • All staff reminded to wear masks and have residents wear masks and stay 6-ft apart when out on walks. 

4/23/20 - Updated Public Health Orders issued from the Health Dept, extending:

 

4/24/20 - Management's phase 1 plan submitted to the Health Dept for review, proposing how Work Release offenders will come back to ASD and how to manage ComCor offenders that will be returning to the community for employment.

 

4/27/20 -

  • Starting 4/28/20, all staff and all offenders for both ASD and Community Corrections will be required to wear masks. 
  • CJS Management continues to develop phases of offender re-entry. Initial plan submitted to Health Dept for review. 
  • Plans to have special dinners for offenders on the next three Wednesdays, until May 15th.
 

4/28/20 -

  • Message sent to all CJS residents in custody via kiosk that wearing masks is required at all times when outside of their dorm room.
  • Staff reminded to inform vendors & delivery drivers that masks are required on campus.  
  • The May LC Connection newsletter features an article re: CJS & Extension Office mask project, as well as other COVID-19 and County news info. 

4/30/20 - The Health Dept met with CJS management to tour CJS facilities and discuss working toward re-opening.  The Health Dept provided guidance and answered questions.  Information gathered is being organized and developed into plans.

 

5/1/20 -

  • Our Daily Staff Symptoms Survey was updated by Human Resources and the new version will start being used by CJS staff on 5/2/20.
  • CJS management contacted the County Facilities staff assigned to our buildings to order more cleaning supplies.
 

5/4/20 -

  • Reminder to all CJS staff to continue taking the staff symptoms survey before starting their shift.
  • Info on Day Reporting Center client mask or face-covering requirement posted on the DRC webpage and on the color lines.  Per Larimer County Public Health guidance, masks or face-coverings are required to enter public buildings.
  • Management continuing to work with Health Dept on plans for procedures and forms that will need to be in place for residents returning to work in the community.
 

5/6/20 - 

  • Facilities will do a walkthrough Friday morning to determine where to install handwashing stations.
  • Mgmt will be inquiring more with the health dept tomorrow regarding residents returning to work.
  • Another Wednesday special dinner planned for tonight with staggered start times for the housing areas.

5/7/20 - 

  • The Health Dept downgraded CJS from a "Guidance" facility to a "Resolved" facility; however, they will continue to stay in contact and provide guidance.
  • A list of potential employers for ComCor offenders was reviewed by the Health Dept for any COVID-19 concerns.
  • Tomorrow, CJS will have a walk-through to determine the best options for handwashing stations.
 

5/8/20 - 

  • Decision made to install 4 portable handwashing sinks (2 at ASD and 2 at ComCor).  They are scheduled to arrive in 2 weeks.
  • Mgmt and staff made an organized document to manage offenders moving between ASD & ComCor and those planned for returning to work.  
  • AIIM/Wellness Court are preparing procedures to work toward having offenders return to Cafe and Treatment.
 

5/11/20 -

  • Starting Monday, May 18th, ComCor offenders who have valid employment will be able to sign out to work. 
  • Starting this week, ComCor staff will be available at 9am and 7pm to answer questions for ComCor offenders residing at ASD.
  • A ComCor men's employment meeting took place.  The ComCor women's employment meeting held tomorrow. 
 

5/13/20 -

  • Organized the communication of UA testing between the buildings and floors. 
  • Management discussed several items and planning for the next phase of working toward re-connecting residents with employment and treatment.
  • Special dinner service held tonight for residents, time-staggered by housing area.  

 

5/15/20 -

  • Reminder to all CJS staff to continue wearing masks while working on campus. 
  • Management will review every 2 weeks for potential dates that ComCor clients will return to the ComCor building, as well as to when ASD Midweeks/Workenders program will start up again.
  • All the preparations have been made for Monday to start signing ComCor offenders back out to work.
 

5/18/20 -

  • See the EOC Situation Report 5/17/20 from the Larimer County Emergency Operations Center.
  • Approved ComCor clients began signing out to approved places of employment today.  These clients are currently being housed separately and are being monitored. 
  • All CJS staff asked to continue reminding the clients of the importance of wearing their masks.  
  • ComCor working on disciplinary processes for clients not wearing masks, but also providing guidance to navigate special circumstances and health concerns.
 

5/20/20 -

  • Management put together a 3-week plan on bed movement to help monitor how much space is opening up for Work Release to return.
  • Management reviewing the ComCor furlough process regarding criteria for eligibility for COVID-19-related furlough.

5/21/20 -

  • Management met with the Health Dept, who is reviewing our updated list of offenders signing out to employers to avoid an offender going to work where an employee has tested positive or an outbreak at that location. 
  • Management reviewed with the Health Dept our process for offenders returning to the facility from work.  CJS staff informed of the updated process.
  • Management confirmed and communicated the process for symptomatic offenders, COVID-19 testing, isolation and quarantine restrictions.
  • Future meetings with the Health Dept scheduled out every 2-3 weeks to review status, potential operational changes and re-opening. 
 

5/22/20 -

  • Health Dept provided their guidance on mask-wearing for staff sharing an office.
  • Health Dept reviewed the updated list of employers for ComCor offenders and they did not see any concerns with the list at this time 
 
5/26/20 -
  • CJS submitted a grant application for Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding to the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.
 

5/27/20 -

  • Hand-washing stations are scheduled to ship on 6/5/20 and they will be stationed at main offender entrances.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been ordered and will be installed at some workstations within the next few weeks.

5/29/20 -

  • Management and staff are still working through ComCor Furlough issues.  Staff provided with some tips to clarify the process.
  • Staff working with IT developers to create a Furlough process in our data system.
  • The Day Reporting Center is going back to their normal business hours of 9:30 am  - 7:15 pm starting on Monday, June 1st. 
 

6/2/20 -

  • Staff reminded to continue taking the Daily Staff Symptom & Temperature Check Questionnaire - either just prior to coming into work, or immediately upon arrival at work before beginning your shift.
  • Additions to the Item Drop-Off standards were posted on our ComCor website, which include:

  1. You are only able to drop property off for one resident per drop-off time.  

  2. For new residents, we will accept one large bag of property one time only, and the drop-off must be arranged and approved ahead of time.  Please ensure that any property dropped off is allowed (please see page 3 of the Resident Guidebook). Any property in excess of what is allowed will be turned away. 

 

6/3/20 -

  • Reminder that masks are still required to be worn by staff & clients while on campus, even outside on campus when we can't social distance 6 feet.  
  • CJS management is scheduled to have a meeting with the county health dept tomorrow.  Several items and questions will be discussed and new info will be shared. 

6/4/20 - 

  • CJS Management met with the Health Dept today and received answers to several questions on managing residents in our facilities, as well as specifics about offenders coming and going between our facilities and the community, 
  • The Health Dept does not have any concerns at this time with current client employment locations.  This is reviewed daily with the Health Dept.
  • The Health Dept provided clarification about outdoor recreation and mask recommendations.  When running on the track, running club or exerting themselves, staff and clients can wear their masks around their neck unless they are within 6 feet of someone else, then they would need to use the mask to cover their nose and mouth.
  • All CJS staff received updated information regarding Larimer County's travel restrictions, and protocols for work at the County for those traveling or having out-of-state visitors. 
 

6/10/20 -

  • The offender entrance hand-washing stations were delivered and are in place at ASD.  ComCor will be getting theirs soon.
  • Work Release offenders are coming back in groups of five, 7-days a week, starting on the 15th.  Approx 80 total were displaced by the closure, and they are rebuilding the waitlist. These offenders will practice social distancing strategies while in the program.
  • ComCor clients are now allowed to sign out for payday passes.  Once clients are working and getting paid, they'll go back to paying for their laundry. 
  • A campus-wide outside recreation schedule will be developed as Work Release offenders move back.

 

6/17/20 -

  • Work Release opened June 15th!  They are bringing 5 people in a day to bring in approx 80 offenders.  The job site locations are reviewed daily by the health dept. 
  • CJS Programs have an anticipated start date of August 1st.
  • Workenders and Midweeks are also looking at August 1st to start up again. 
  • The offender entrance hand-washing stations are working well at ASD, and ComCor should have theirs up and running soon. 
  • Effective tomorrow, the West parking lot at ComCor will be open for staff and the public to use.  The last barricade at ComCor will be removed. 
  • The 8th Judicial Courts Third Amended Administrative Order regarding limited court operations related to COVID-19 was posted. This can be seen here.

6/22/20 -

6/25/20 -

  • Larimer County Human Resources outlined Personal Accountability expectations for COVID and Employee Travel for all Larimer County employees via their website and CJS emailed this update to all CJS staff.
 

7/1/20 - 

  • With guidance from the Larimer County Health Dept, we developed mask-wearing protocols and cleaning requirements for Larimer County Community Corrections Treatment programs.  These protocols/requirements were sent out to all Community Corrections staff.

7/8/20 -

  • ASD is working on opening up the first floor for Work Release by August 1st.  ComCor plans to have their offenders out of ASD (minus the original 24 reserved beds) and back to the halfway house by the end of business July 29th.  

  • ComCor developing plans for offenders who are working to get one 3-hour pass to see family and support people. 

  • ASD Workenders and Midweeks are scheduled to open August 1st.  No overnights at this time, only day crews.

  • The 4th Wednesday of every month, ComCor will be having their BBQs again. 

7/15/20 - 

  • We continue to have no positive cases in either CJS residential building.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at some workstations.
  • Starting 8/1/20, ASD will start administering breathalyzers.  The passive breathalyzer machines can be cleaned with our current approved COVID cleaning supplies.
  • A CJS office opened in Loveland on 7/13/20 at 810 E. 10th Street (east entrance).  Only some services have opened there.  See spotlight article for details.  This Loveland office will be included in COVID-19 response plans.

7/22/20 -

  • All ComCor clients that were housed at ASD have been moved back over to ComCor with exception of the 24 that are contracted to be housed at ASD.
  • The ComCor Directors met to work on COVID-19 management going forward.  Some of their work included:
    • Plans to get as many people out to work as possible.
    • Community access for non-workers:  IDs, social security cards, medical appointments, etc.
    • Do everything possible to keep COVID-19 out of the campus – tighten up all mask wearing for staff and clients, social distancing, person capacity limits posted on all conference rooms and day rooms, holders by entrances for hand sanitizer and thermometers, etc., germicidal spray bottles in every room.
    • Looking at ways to better identify cohorts and how to better utilize recreation time.
  • ComCor BBQ today.  Late trays will be made for clients coming back from work so that they will have a meal upon return.
  • ASD will be starting breathalyzers for all offenders on July 28th
  • Work Release is slowly increasing its population, and has 90 clients as of today. 
  • Workenders will begin August 1st, Midweeks will start August 4th.  Numbers are being limited to how many offenders can appropriately fit on work crew buses.  Management had a meeting with the Health Department to work on transporting offenders, while keeping socially distant.

7/24/20 -

  • A friendly reminder went out to all ASD employees to continue completing the Employee Health Survey at the beginning of every work shift.
 

7/29/20 -

  • ComCor Directors recognize that there are several unemployed clients and are looking at ways to help increase employment.
  • Criminal Justice Services sent a survey to staff regarding childcare and possibilities for the upcoming school year to understand staff concerns/needs.
  • The Workender and Midweek Programs are getting ready to open on August 1st.  A large conference room separate from the housing areas will be used Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday for the morning check-in process.
  • Due to many Community Service agencies closing in the Spring and not taking workers, our Community Service office contacted schools to see if they had any needs.  So far this summer, community service workers have completed approximately 1500 hours of useful public service towards creating learning equipment to help school-teachers prepare for the school year.
  • CJS Directors have worked on a staff Out-of-State travel request and review process.
  • CJS received a grant to use towards COVID-19-related expenses for a 2-year period.
  • Some additional areas in our buildings have been identified for plexiglass barriers.

8/5/20 -

  • Workenders and Midweeks have started again and so far work crews have gone to the Landfill, Fairgrounds, Rescue Mission and Poudre School District schools.  They have had a smooth re-opening this week.
  • Work Release population continues to rise, and case managers have been busy contacting offenders regarding their sentences. 
  • ComCor has been busy monitoring the locations offenders are signing out to for their 3-hour pass in attempts to manage locations and community contacts. 
  • ComCor has approximately 80 offenders who are unemployed and they are trying to expedite job searching the best they can within COVID-19 restrictions.

8/10/20 -

  • A News Release by the Larimer County Dept of Health and Environment was posted regarding Larimer County's Variance Update.  See News Release here.
  • A Situation Report by the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management was posted regarding the Larimer County Emergency Operations Center.  See Situation Report here.
 

8/12/20 -

  • A friendly reminder went out today to all CJS staff to continue keeping up all of our COVID-19 protocols (social distancing, mask-wearing, hand-washing, and cleaning work areas frequently). 

8/19/20 -

  • Management arranged for a new Kitchen Worker schedule in order to reduce contact between workers coming and going between different housing areas.
  • Management updated plans for movement procedures in preparation for the possible event an offender with positive COVID-19 test results. 

8/26/20 -

  • On Saturday morning (8/22/20), an offender in Work Release (Alternative Sentencing Department) completed the daily symptom checker, reporting no symptoms.  However, by Saturday evening the individual started not feeling well. The individual was immediately isolated and tested.  Per guidance from the Health Department, that individual has been sent home for the remainder of their isolation time. 

8/27/20 -

  • The Work Release residents that shared a dorm and/or dorm bathroom with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 are under quarantine status per the Health Department. These individuals have been provided the option to continue their period of quarantine at home on furlough, or to stay in quarantine at our facility. These quarantined individuals will be tested at the appropriate time and will come back to the Work Release program to resume their sentence upon receiving a negative test and being cleared by the Health Department to return. 

9/9/20 - 

  • Work Release implemented some new cohort procedures in order to limit contact in common areas.
  • Larimer County Human Resources provided updated guidelines to staff regarding circumstances that may require quarantining.

9/10/20 - 

  • The group of Work Release offenders that quarantined (because they shared a dorm and/or bathroom with the individual who was positive for COVID-19) were tested and confirmed negative.  There appears to have been no transmission of COVID-19 within the facility that we are aware of.  This group of quarantined offenders have now returned to custody and no new symptoms of concern have been reported.  This is in accordance with Health Dept guidelines.
 

9/11/20 -

  • The 1 positive COVID-19 Work Release offender will be returning to the program within the next week and currently reports being symptom free.   This is in accordance with Health Dept guidelines.
  • Community Corrections will soon be able to open back up to allow offenders to attend in-person religious services, as they were previously restricted due to COVID-19 exposure concerns and Health Dept guidance.  ComCor is also working on plans for the near future to allow regular personal passes to offenders, but with pre-approval and geographical location restrictions.

9/30/20 -

  • Management is working on a plan to get influenza shots available for offenders at ASD and ComCor.
  • A new ComCor schedule was made for outside recreation for quarantined individuals.
  • ComCor Treatment programs have been working on issues with capacity of treatment participants, cohorts, and staffing.

10/6/20 -

  • Larimer County Commissioners signed a Grant Funding Agreement for Larimer County Criminal Justice Services (CJS) from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice for Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding.  CJS will receive reimbursements for COVID-related expenses from February 2020 to January 2022.
  • Larimer County Health Dept sent an email advising that COVID-19 cases are rising again around Larimer County.
 

10/14/20 -

  • Community Corrections management is working on getting flu shots for offenders.
  • Reminder send out to all staff to ensure that offenders are completing the daily symptom survey on the kiosk, and to encourage offenders to talk to staff if they don't feel well.
 

10/20/20 - 

  • Larimer County Health Dept sent an email advising that Larimer County is now scoring High Risk for COVID-19 based on key data points on their Dashboard (updated daily), as well as actions that Larimer County residents can take to reverse the trend. 
 

10/24/20 -

  • Larimer County Health Dept sent an email providing information on the Emergency Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Larimer County, which went into effect at 11pm on Friday, October 23, 2020.  The order does not appear to affect CJS operations.
 

10/28/20 -

  • The internal CJS staff COVID website (that provides COVID-related info/resources/links to CJS employees) was updated to remove extraneous information and to make easier to navigate.  CJS COVID grant information was added as well.
  • Residents of CJS offender programs can now sign up for flu shots, which will be made available on-site on November 4th.

11/9/20 -

  • The flu shot clinic on November 4th had a good turnout and supplied a large amount of flu shots at no cost to resident offenders who were interested in receiving one.
  • A self audit walkthrough was conducted at Alternative Sentencing for COVID-19 related protocols.  This pertains to CJS's COVID grant goals.
 
11/16/20 -
  • A self audit walkthrough was conducted at Community Corrections for COVID-19 related protocols.  This pertains to CJS's COVID grant goals.
 
11/20/20 - 
  • CJS is looking at plans to do COVID testing on our campus for offenders and staff members.  
 

11/24/20 -

  • The State (including Larimer County) is moving to COVID Level Red - High Risk, which becomes effective 11/24/20 at 5:00pm.   For more information see the Health Dept webpage concerning this transition.    
  • Larimer County is communicating guidance to employees on measures to ensure safe and healthy workplaces.
 
11/30/20 -
  • CJS is now facilitating COVID-19 testing on-site for Community Corrections offenders entering custody, as well as symptomatic offenders and those with exposure to a positive case.  Offenders will be quarantined while awaiting test results.  Those who are unable to go out to work because of quarantine caused by in-facility exposure to a positive case, will not be charged their daily fee for the duration of their quarantine.   COVID-19 testing at Community Corrections provides valuable information with greater efficiency, so we can maximize our ability to run healthy and safe programs benefitting offenders and the community.  With this in mind, we encourage offenders to test when requested.  Those who decline testing may be quarantined for a period of time.  CJS is continuing to operate with Health Dept guidance. 
 
11/30/20 - 
  • Larimer County Community Corrections has two separate distinct facilities within their building - a female side distinctly separate from a male side.  In recent days, we became aware of a female offender COVID-19 positive case.  A few days later, we became aware of a separate male offender COVID-19 positive case.  Due to the separated facility housing/operations for females and males, these two cases appear to be in no way connected to each other.  Here are the details on these two cases:
     
    On 11/26/20, a female Community Corrections offender had COVID-19 positive test results. The offender had been previously isolated onsite since 11/21/20 due to possible exposure out in the community and symptoms of illness. On 11/26/20 when the positive test results came in, the offender was relocated to an isolation location away from our facility (through an agreement with the Health District).  Roommates have been quarantined, and others (offenders and staff members) who may have been exposed have been COVID-19 tested.  At this time, there have been no reports of additional positive cases resulting from this incident.
     
    On 11/25/20, a male offender was transferred from a non-local facility to our Community Corrections facility.  According to our standard practice of testing and/or quarantining all incoming offenders, the transferred offender was tested upon arrival and quarantined until the test results came back.  On 11/29/20, the test results came back positive for COVID-19 and the offender was relocated to an isolation location away from our facility (through an agreement with the Health District).  At this time, there have been no reports of additional positive cases resulting from this incident.  This positive case has been attributed to the correctional facility that previously held the offender. 
12/2/20 - 
  • CJS leaders held a Zoom meeting with an Epidemiologist to get updated information on COVID-19 protocols.
 
12/3/20 -
  • CJS is facilitating COVID-19 testing on-site for Alternative Sentencing offenders entering Work Release custody, as well as symptomatic offenders and those with exposure to a positive case.  Offenders will be able to come to our facility to take a COVID-19 test 4 to 5 days prior to their intake date so we will have results by their first day in the program.  See the Work Release webpage for more information.  COVID-19 testing at Alternative Sentencing provides valuable information with greater efficiency, so we can maximize our ability to run healthy and safe programs benefitting offenders and the community.  With this in mind, we encourage offenders to test when requested.  Those who decline testing may be quarantined for a period of time.  CJS is continuing to operate with Health Dept guidance. 
  • CJS employees have also been given the ability to take COVID-19 tests onsite at CJS.
 
12/4/20 -
  • On the evening of 12/2/20, a male Community Corrections offender had positive COVID-19 test results. The offender was tested for COVID-19 and isolated on 11/29/20 immediately upon him reporting symptoms of illness to staff. Based on the circumstances of the days prior to him experiencing symptoms, it is likely the offender was exposed while out in the community. The roommates he had prior to his isolation have not reported any symptoms at this point in time, and all have been tested for COVID-19 and placed on quarantine. The offender who is positive for COVID-19 has been relocated to an isolation location away from our facility (through an agreement with the Health District). 
 
12/11/20 -
  • On 12/7/20, a male offender was transferred from a non-local correctional facility to our Community Corrections facility.  According to our standard practice of testing and/or quarantining all incoming offenders, the transferred offender was tested upon arrival and quarantined until the test results came back.  On 12/9/20, the test results came back positive for COVID-19 and the offender was relocated to an isolation location away from our facility (through an agreement with the Health District).  It has been determined that the offender was COVID-19 positive at the time he was transported from the non-local correctional facility to our ComCor facility.  At this time, there appears to be no exposure/transmission from this case.  This positive case has been attributed to the correctional facility that previously held the offender. 
 
12/14/20 - 
  • On the late evening of 12/12/20, COVID-19 test results for a male Community Corrections offender came back as positive; the offender has been asymptomatic.  As a result, the offender was isolated and transferred to offsite isolation housing.  Two rooms have been placed on quarantine with all roommates provided testing.
 
12/28/20 - 
  • On 12/20/20, COVID-19 test results for a female Community Corrections offender came back as positive.  This offender was tested on 12/16/20 as she entered ComCor custody as part of the current normal intake procedures; she been asymptomatic.  As a result of the positive test, the offender was isolated and transferred to offsite isolation housing.  
 
12/29/20 -
  • CJS management had a video conference on 12/28/20 with our assigned Larimer County Health Dept epidemiologist and several epidemiologists from the Colorado Dept of Health and Environment, in order to discuss questions about managing our offender population and the COVID vaccine. 
  • CJS continuing to work with the Health District on managing offenders moved to offsite isolation housing in Fort Collins and Loveland.
 
12/30/2020 - 
  • CJS is communicating with state and local officials to ascertain more information regarding vaccines and vaccination schedules for correctional facilities.
  • CJS Director sent an email to all CJS staff - encouraging staff to continue following safe and healthy facility protocols. 
1/4/21 -
  • Community Corrections begins COVID-19 Surveillance Testing this week.  Employees and offenders are encouraged to participate, but not required.  Surveillance testing helps to gauge the prevalence of a disease within a community by periodically evaluating the samples from non-symptomatic individuals within that community.  Previous to conducting surveillance testing, ComCor was conducting COVID tests for offenders:  who were new entries, who reported symptoms, who were potentially exposed, or who requested a test.  All of these tests will continue; however, adding Surveillance testing is important because it leads to the identification and isolation of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic cases that may otherwise not be detected or not detected until much later in a person's infectious period.  This can significantly reduce the transmission of COVID-19 within a community.
  • On 12/31/20, Community Corrections received a positive COVID test result for a male offender.  This offender was asymptomatic and requested a COVID test with us for his own reasons on 12/26/20.  Upon receiving the positive results, this offender was immediately moved to offsite isolation housing away from the Community Corrections facility.  Roommates from his dorm room and an adjoining dorm room have been quarantined on-site as a result of this exposure.
 
1/5/21 -
  • On 1/4/21, Community Corrections received a positive COVID test result for a male offender.  This offender was asymptomatic and was COVID tested on 12/31/20 due to potential exposure.  Upon receiving the positive results, this offender was immediately moved to offsite isolation housing away from the Community Corrections facility.  Roommates from his dorm room and an adjoining dorm room have also been moved to offsite isolation housing away from the ComCor facility.
  • *The following positive case is considered a separate event and attributed to a different facility.  On 1/1/20, Community Corrections received a positive COVID test result for a male offender.  This offender was transferred to ComCor from another correctional agency on 12/29/20.  This offender was asymptomatic and was COVID tested on his entry date of 12/29/20, which is normal procedure for new intakes.  Upon receiving the positive results, this offender was immediately moved to offsite isolation housing away from the Community Corrections facility.  Roommates from his dorm room and an adjoining dorm room were quarantined as a result of this exposure.  *This offender was not in the same dorm room or cohort as the positive cases from 12/31/20 and 01/04/21, and due to the offender coming to ComCor as COVID positive from another correctional facility and quarantined upon entry, it has been determined that this positive case is not attributed to our facility and not the result of COVID transmission at ComCor.

  • Community Corrections continues to work directly with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, and continues to follow their guidance in keeping a facility that prevents and quickly manages potential COVID transmission.  COVID testing is very helpful in detecting COVID in our community; thus, ComCor will provide a COVID test to any offender in custody upon request. 
 
1/12/21 -
  • On the evening of 1/6/21, Community Corrections received a positive COVID test result for a male offender.  This offender was COVID tested on 12/31/20 and again on 1/4/21 due to potential exposure.  At the time of receiving the positive results and since 1/4/21, this offender was already moved to offsite isolation housing away from the Community Corrections facility.  Roommates from his dorm room and an adjoining dorm room have also been moved to offsite isolation housing away from the ComCor facility since 1/4/21.

  • On the evening of 1/8/21, Community Corrections received a positive COVID test result for a female offender.  This offender was COVID tested on 1/6/21 as part of our new surveillance testing efforts.  Prior to receiving the positive result, the offender had been reassigned to another correctional facility.  The facility holding the offender was promptly notified of the positive result, and the offender's prior roommates at Community Corrections have been quarantined onsite due to potential exposure.

  • Community Corrections began the additional option of rapid COVID testing this week, which provides very fast results.  This is an important component to our testing array because it will more quickly help us identify whether an individual with symptoms of illness is positive for COVID-19 or potentially experiencing another illness, so we can better manage the population in our care.

 

1/14/21 -

  • On 1/13/21, Community Corrections received a positive COVID test result for a female offender.  This offender was asymptomatic and COVID tested as part of surveillance testing.  This offender is isolating away from the Community Corrections facility.  Roommates have been quarantined onsite due to potential exposure.  This is a separate room from the offender with positive results on 1/8/21. 

  • With increased COVID testing, especially surveillance testing of people not presenting symptoms, our agency is anticipating a potential increase in identified positive COVID cases.  We are grateful that we have partnerships and assistance in place to provide offsite housing for our offenders that need to isolate in order to prevent transmission of the virus within our facility.

1/22/21 -

  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has made the decision to change COVID testing vendors. As of 1/21/21, we discontinued the use of Curative PCR oral swabs and will transition to testing through our state and local labs.   

For more information about this, see the following documents:

*Please Note that in the above weekly reports we have attempted to list the many pertinent, critical steps we have taken in Response to COVID-19 by Criminal Justice Services; however, this is not an exhaustive list.

For Public Information:

Please contact the information center for questions about COVID-19 and the County's response:

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