Jail suspends visitation, courthouses remain open to public

Jail suspends visitation, courthouses remain open to public

From the Las Vegas Optic

Officials with the San Miguel County Detention Center have suspended in-person visitation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Warden Matt Elwell told the Optic the suspension of visitations will last at least three weeks, and that officials will review the policy at that point.

“We’ve canceled our public visitation, and (are preventing) our volunteers from entering the facility,” Elwell said. “That’s twofold. One, that’s to stop any introduction of the virus, and if we had (the coronavirus) inside, to prevent them from taking it back to the community.”

Elwell called the measure temporary and said SMCDC was following the lead of other government agencies.