How is the Sheriff's Office responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency?
Personal visiting is limited to video visiting. Inmates who are authorized for visitation are allowed one video visit per day in 15 or 30 minute increments. The cost is 10 cents per minute for remote video visiting. There is no charge for on-site video visiting using the kiosk in the Adult Detention Center lobby. Learn more about scheduling a visit.
Professional visiting (attorneys, probation officers, law enforcement officials and court-authorized behavioral health professionals) is permitted in-person by appointment only. Learn more about professional visiting.
Yes. Following recommendations of the Fairfax County Health Department, we have protocols in place for intake at the Adult Detention Center. When an arrestee is brought into the ADC, deputies conducting the initial pat search will ask the individual screening questions to determine their possible exposure to the coronavirus. Deputies also will use a digital thermometer to check the temperature of every arrestee. If an individual has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above or if they answer yes to any of the screening questions, a deputy will summon the receiving nurse to conduct a more in-depth screening. If the nurse determines the individual is possibly infected with COVID-19, the nurse will place a mask on the individual, who will be isolated in a receiving cell after the booking process has been completed. The Sheriff’s Office will then immediately contact the Health Department for consultation. All individuals booked into the ADC are quarantined for 14 days prior to admission to the general population.
Updated August 24, 2021 - Since June 25, 2021, no inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, 35 inmates have tested positive. There are five Sheriff's Office employees currently testing positive for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, 96 employees have tested positive.
If you are concerned about an incarcerated loved one, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 703-246-2100 and press 3 for medical.
Yes. We follow best cleaning practices recommended by the Health Department and the CDC. We have reassigned staff to do a deep clean throughout the ADC four times per week, using a hospital grade fogger or spray sanitizer and focusing on all the high touch areas. Our cleaning products are EPA certified to kill bacteria and viruses. We also have sanitizing wipes for daily use.
The Sheriff’s Office does not have the authority to overturn court orders. If a court were to direct us to release inmates, we would follow the court's order.
Every cell block in the ADC has at least one TV. At the bottom of the screens, we regularly run informative messages. In light of COVID-19, our message emphasizes the need to frequently wash hands with soap and water as the best way to avoid the virus. We remind inmates to wash their hands before and after attending programs, before and after visiting, before and after meals, and after using the restroom. Cell blocks are cleaned every day.
At this time, volunteers are not permitted in the Adult Detention Center. The Sheriff's Office has temporarily suspended volunteer-led inmate programs and services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are exploring options to use electronic platforms to conduct some of these activities remotely.
After the CDC moratorium on evictions was eliminated, we resumed evictions.