NAVAJO COUNTY SUSPENDS JAIL VISITS

Sheriff Clouse and the entire Sheriff’s Office staff are working hard to ensure that
we’re doing all we can to mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Navajo County and
particularly in our detention facility in Holbrook.
Sheriff Clouse released the following: “Out of concern for the spread of the COVID-19
(Coronavirus), and in doing our part to limit the spread of this virus, I feel that it is appropriate
to suspend access into our jail facilities for volunteers, clergy visits, educational visits, tours, inperson
visitation or any other personal contacts outside of jail or medical staff.
The Sheriff’s Office will still allow access for court-ordered interactions or legal visits for
inmates. Detention staff is working to divert legal visits through video conference, telephone or
other technological methods other than contact visits in order to reduce medical risks.
Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our jail. As a precautionary measure to
protect our officers, staff, and the incarcerated population to limit the potential spread of this
virus, I feel it necessary to make these adjustments. Currently, our jail medical staff is screening
all inmates being booked into our jail, along with checking on the health of our employees.
All inmates will still have access to visitation and contact with family and friends through our
video visitation system already in use.
Further restrictions involving all inmate visits and programs will be evaluated weekly as new
information is provided by County, State, and Federal Public Health Officials.”