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Cape Cod Jail Not Accepting New Prisoners Or Visitors Because of Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Cape Cod’s jail and house of correction has stopped accepting prisoners from local police departments and stopped allowing visitors and volunteers to try to stop coronavirus from infecting inmates and staff.

“If it got in here it would be very hard to contain,” said James Cummings, sheriff of Barnstable County, which includes the whole Cape, according to The Cape Cod Times.

One sheriff’s office employee has been tested for coronavirus, but results weren’t immediately known. The employee is under self-quarantine at home, the sheriff told The Cape Cod Times.

The jail is currently at less than half of its 588 capacity, which allows for social distancing, the sheriff said.

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