Category: Coronavirus
  1. Butte County Jail Inmates Begin Receiving Coronavirus Vaccine

    OROVILLE — The Butte County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday it has begun administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to inmates at the Butte County Jail. Butte County Public Health provided the Sheriff’s Office with enough doses of the vaccine to administer it to 100 inmates. According to a BCSO press release, the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with the county health department toward getting its entire inmate population vaccinated. As of now, inmates are receiving the vaccine on a “voluntary basis.” Inmates 65 years of age and older, as well as those with underlying health conditions, are being prioritized to receive it. Wellpath, the jail’s medical provider, is administering the vaccine inside the jail’s medical facility. According to the […]

  2. Cook County, IL: Protect Communities by Vaccinating Inmates

      Across the nation and here in Illinois decisions are being made over who gets the vaccine and when. In this process there has been some public outrage over inmate inoculations. While this is understandable on one level, it is, in fact, counterproductive. Inoculating inmates, health professionals and correctional officers are an important step in containing COVID and in saving lives. Every workday I enter my health care clinic committed to doing everything in my power to help contain and treat COVID-19 among my patients, all of whom happen to be inmates. I am one of tens of thousands correctional nurses nationwide working behind the walls in some of the largest congregate settings in the U.S. There is an urgent […]

  3. No COVID Cases for Inmates at Frederick County ADC

    A press release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO): No COVID Cases for Inmates at Frederick County ADC  Risks Mitigated from the Onset of the Pandemic FREDERICK, Md. (Dec. 28, 2020) – From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in early 2020 through today, the Frederick County Adult Detention Center (ADC) has not had one inmate case of COVID while in confinement. “The program is so successful here at the ADC because we started early and developed a plan with our correctional officers, leadership, and the local health department to mitigate risks to COVID-19,” said Kathy Humbertson, Wellpath Regional Director of Nursing, contracted medical provider for the ADC. “In addition, we have had ongoing collaboration throughout the pandemic to […]

  4. Wellpath Partner and Friend, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon dies of complications from COVID-19

    Wellpath is deeply saddened at the loss of partner, leader and friend, Sheriff Benny Napoleon of Wayne County, Michigan.  Benny passed away December 17th after a long battle with COVID-19. In addition to being a dedicated local icon who once ran for mayor, his daughter Tiffani Jackson asked that we all, “Remember his generosity, integrity and faithfulness as a public servant for over 45 years.” Kip Hallman, Wellpath president, said, “The words that come to mind are gentle, kind, friendly, and caring. He was the perfect person for this time, a law enforcement leader who had experienced the challenges of racism as a young person, who came out with a clear sense of what is right.”  We send our deepest […]

  5. Partner Webinar Video & Presentation Slides – July 16, 2020

    Thank you for joining Wellpath for the COVID-19 Partner Webinar on Thursday, July 16, 2020. Click here to access the presentation slides. Here are some other quick links to resources mentioned on the webinar: NY Times – Coronavirus in the US: Latest Map and Case Count Tracking the COVID-19 Response Updated (July 14, 2020) Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities Click below to watch a video of the webinar.

  6. Wellpath Clinical COVID-19 Update: Stay Vigilant!

    Wellpath Partners, As communities around the country begin to open up, we are beginning to see corresponding increases in positive cases in our facilities. As your healthcare partner we feel it is our responsibility to make sure we have communicated our recommendation that no matter what is happening in your community, together we must stay vigilant and firm with regard to COVID-19 mitigation strategies. This means we suggest maintaining all core tactics and techniques designed to slow the spread including: masking, hand hygiene, cohorting, quarantining, limiting in person visits, and ensuring safe interactions with outside vendors. In addition, now more than ever it is critical that our staff understand the importance of masking and social distancing when they are not […]

  7. Partner Webinar Video & Presentation Slides – June 11, 2020

    Thank you for joining Wellpath for the COVID-19 Partner Webinar on Thursday, June 11, 2020. A special thank you to David Pomaville, Director of Public Health in Fresno County, California, for joining Wellpath to share his important insights about moving forward, and how the public and correctional healthcare can work together to build a healthier community. Click here to access the presentation slides. Click below to watch a video of the webinar.

  8. Partner Webinar Video & Presentation Slides – May 28, 2020

    Thank you for joining Wellpath for the COVID-19 Partner Webinar on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Click here to access the CDC’s Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click here to access the presentation slides. Click below to watch a video of the webinar.

  9. Partner Webinar Video & Presentation Slides – May 14, 2020

    Thank you for joining Wellpath for the COVID-19 Partner Webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020. A special thank you to Captain William Teel from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for joining Wellpath to share his insights about looking towards the future in this pandemic. Click here to access the “Back to Normal” study from The University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service and the Tennessee Corrections Institute that Captain Teel references. Click here to access the presentation slides. Click below to watch a video of the webinar.

  10. Yolo County Jail staff continue efforts to combat COVID-19

    Precautions being taken at the Yolo County Jail and Juvenile Detention Facility seem to be paying off. While giving an update to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sheriff Tom Lopez reported no cases of COVID-19 at the adult facilities. Patrol units have “stayed busy” as the department is receiving more calls than normal though Lopez said they primarily aren’t related to the pandemic. Calls about people violating the health order have mostly stopped since golf courses reopened, he explained. Click here to read the complete article from the Daily Democrat.