The Monmouth County Correctional Institution is on lockdown following two reported chicken pox cases, according to a press release issued by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Shaun Golden and Warden Brian Elwood instituted the lockdown on Sunday, Aug. 12 after consulting with the jail’s medical team.
“The Monmouth County Correctional Institution is taking all precautionary measures to protect against the spread of the virus,” Golden said in the release. “Each inmate has been examined and educated about the chickenpox. All of the housing units at the facility continue to be thoroughly disinfected.”
The lockdown will remain in effect until Tuesday, Aug. 14, at which time the inmate population will be reexamined and a determination made on whether or not to lift the lockdown, according to the release. The jail houses between 1,100 and 1,200 inmates per day.
Inmate transports to the have been canceled, with video conferencing being made available for inmates who had been scheduled to appear in court, the release stated. All programs at the jail have been temporarily suspended.
Visitation will not be affected since the jail does not have visiting hours on Mondays and Tuesdays.