You should notify your Sergeant, Team Leader or Officer-in-Charge as soon as you identify the person is/has displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Maintain social distancing and operational safety principles while trying to determine the persons’ recent medical history. Please encourage them not to touch any countertops, material or furniture in the front office. If there are other people in the area, politely ask them to maintain social distancing principles away from the person displaying symptoms.
If the person is signing in for bail then please consider the pen and handling the folder/paper they are using to sign in. Recent studies have found that COVID-19 survives for longer on cardboard – up to 24 hours – and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces. Don’t give them your pen and then place that pen back in your pocket. Encourage them to use the hand sanitizer which should be located in the front office before touching any countertops or material.
If you need to bring a ‘person in custody’ back to the police station of office and they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please discuss this immediately with your Sergeant before allowing the person into the station or office.