STATEWIDE -Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) has no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 within its correctional institutions at this time.
FDC Community Corrections officers are working with offenders on supervision to adjust reporting schedules to minimize congregating at probation offices and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
FDC’s Office of Health Services coordinates with the Department for guidance on any type of outbreak and is closely monitoring new information as it is disseminated from the Department and the CDC.
FDC has suspended visitation at all correctional institutions statewide through April 5, 2020. The decision to reinstate the normal visitation schedule will be evaluated in consultation with the Department.
Inmates will continue to have access to mail, email, phone calls and video visitation.
Legal visits will not be impacted.
FDC has partnered with vendors to provide some complimentary phone and video visitation services.
Volunteer activities within correctional institutions statewide have been suspended.
Anyone entering a correctional institution will be screened, and entrance will be restricted if they:
Have traveled internationally or on a cruise within the last 14 days.Have signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Have had contact with someone who has been or is under investigation for COVID-19.
All non-critical inmate transfers have been suspended.
New commitments and intakes have been restricted.
Outside inmate work squads have been restricted.
FDC has a plan in place and dedicated staff members trained in the prevention and containment of infectious diseases.
FDC initiated its Incident Command System in response to COVID-19.
Education has been provided to staff, inmates and visitors to prevent the spread of any infectious disease, including COVID-19.
Precautions are in place at facilities to protect inmates and staff from exposure to flu, COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness; preventative measures are being followed per CDC recommendations.