By Ken de la Bastide
ANDERSON — Almost 50% of the inmates at the Madison County Jail are either in isolation or quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Of the 249 inmates at the jail Tuesday, 51 were in isolation and 73 in quarantine for 14 days, according to Sheriff Scott Mellinger.“We are at a very critical stage in terms of space,” he said.
Mellinger said two trusties tested positive for the coronavirus, which means all 14 trusties are in isolation and unable to work in the kitchen or clean the jail.
He said the Madison County Community Corrections came up with a creative idea to move six inmates to the jail for two weeks to work as trusties in the jail.
Mellinger said it will be another 10 days before the quarantine and isolation are lifted.
All inmates who are brought to the jail have been kept in isolation as a precaution during the pandemic.
This article was made available through Hoosier State Press Association.