COVID-19 makes inroads at the Codington County Detention Center (Audio)

November 22, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Staff at the Codington County Detention Center in Watertown did an exceptional job on the front end of the pandemic keeping the COVID-19 virus out of the jail, but lately, the tables have turned.

Sheriff Brad Howell….

The sheriff says in at least one instance, there was a transfer of an inmate to the hospital for treatment…

Howell says keeping COVID-positive inmates separated from the non-infected inmates can be a challenge…

The Codington County Jail is a 96-bed regional facility providing inmate care for Codington County, as well as the contract counties of Clark, Hamlin, Deuel, and Kingsbury Counties.

The jail also holds parolees for the South Dakota Department of Corrections.