COVID-19 won’t stop emergency services; Precautions are in place

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TERRE HAUTE (WTWO/WAWV) – A new line of questions may be asked before you enter the Vigo County Jail, or you may be asked if matters can be handled over the phone.

Sheriff John Plasse said these additions are in place now to help protect not only the public, but inmates within the jail.

“We’re trying to limit access to the jail, number one, we’ve got a large inmate population. We can’t afford to get the virus in there and that spread among them.”

He continues, even employees are subject to these questions, and have extra steps they have to take before entering the jail.

“With jail staff we”re taking their temperature when they come in to make sure they don’t have a fever and going through the same type of screening.”

Plasse said precautions like this will keep everyone healthier in the long-run.

“We’re not closing our office, we obviously can’t close, but we are limiting access to it, trying to encourage people to do things over the phone or online if they can and not come here in person.”

Other emergency services include paramedics, emergency medical technicians and firefighters.

Fire Chief for Honeycreek Tom High said they too have protocols in place to keep everyone safe and healthy during this pandemic.

High said a line of questions will be asked but the only difference it will make is the equipment firefighters may use to limit exposure.

“We may be putting on a Tyvek suit, we may be putting on a mask before we come in, or we may even be putting on a respirator. So be honest with us, we’re not going to abandon you we are going to continue to treat you.”

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