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El Paso County jail agrees to do more to stop virus spread

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Posted at 7:18 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 09:18:49-05

DENVER (AP) — The El Paso County jail will do more to monitor the health of jail inmates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus under a temporary deal approved by a federal judge on Monday.

The deal negotiated by lawyers for Sheriff Bill Elder and the American Civil Liberties Union, requires inmates to have their temperatures checked twice a day and those who test positive for COVID-19 to be regularly monitored by medical staff.

The ACLU sued the sheriff last month after his office acknowledged that inmates weren't routinely given masks.

The 90-day deal requires the jail give inmates two cloth masks and discipline staff who don't wear masks.