This is a list no county sheriff in the state of Texas wants to be on.
It’s the COVID-19 Jail Report courtesy of the Texas Commissions on Jail Standards (TCJS).
As of Thursday, July 16, there are 44 law enforcement leaders whose counties are listed.
The list, which is public information, is split up by inmates and staff. It has the number of inmates with active positive test confirmation, and the number of jailers with active positive test confirmation.
Neighboring counties that are on the list are Brazoria (20 inmates, 0 jailers), and Fort Bend (63 inmates, 15 jailers). Like Wharton County, neighbors like Austin, Colorado, Jackson, Lavaca, and Matagorda are not listed.
Wharton County Sheriff Shannon Srubar has continued to update elected officials on the status of the jail, including the inmate count. It has been sometime since WC has transferred an inmate to another county for lack of space here.
He said to the Journal-Spectator he feels both “fortunate and lucky.”
“All precautions and screenings are taking place (temperature, questionnaire, masks, extreme cleaning). We are fortunate right now, we have room to isolate if a positive was to become,” Srubar said. “Housing outside of the county is basically off limits right now. I can’t imagine an overcrowded jail and a positive for COVID.”
He said ultimately, it’s the jail staff that he commends.
“They have done an outstanding job working to abide by guideline set by the jail commission, the State of Texas, and WCSO procedure,” Srubar said.
Breakdown of the list
According to the TCJS, the number of Texas inmates with active positive test confirmation is 2,043. In the state, there are 9,014 inmates quarantined/isolated, not active. There have been five inmate deaths related to COVID-19 in the state. The number of jailers with active positive test confirmation is 572, and the number of jailers quarantined/isolated pending test results is 674.
The list includes information on number of inmates with active positive test confirmation; number of inmates pending test results; number of inmates quarantined/isolated, not active; number of inmates being treated offsite for active, COVID-19; number of confirmed deaths related to COVID-19; and number of suspected deaths related to COVID-19.
For jailers, the list includes information on number of jailers with active positive test confirmation; and number of jailers quarantined/isolated pending test results.
To view the list, visit the Texas Commissions on Jail Standards website at www.tcjs.state.tx.us. Click on the “TCJS COVID-19 Jail Report” link.