Visitations at the McDonough County Jail have been placed on lockdown until April 4th.
According to McDonough County Sheriff Nick Petitgout, the clampdown on visitors is intended to limit the opportunity for COVID-19 to enter the facility. A release from the sheriff states, “This suspension is for precautionary purposes only as there are no known cases of COVID-19 among our staff or any offenders in the county.”
In addition, Petitgout said, all volunteer-managed programs will be canceled until further notice.
Petitgout also asked the public to limit their interactions in the lobby of the McDonough County Sheriff’s Office. “Please call if you can,” Petitgout said, “and we will have a deputy or staff member call you.”