COVID-19 Information

badgeThe Lane County Sheriff’s Office has created or enhanced a number of protocols to help protect the community, the inmates in the Lane County Jail, and our employees from COVID-19.

We have been working closely with Lane County Public Health, the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, and our contracted medical provider for the Lane County Jail (WellPath) on ways to continue to provide as many services as possible in the safest way possible.  Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also guided our office in the changes we have made. 

Please review the drop-down menu below to learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.  We are constantly evaluating our response strategy and will update this page as changes in services or response are made. 

PATROL SERVICES

General Police Response

Lane County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies are responding to calls for service from community members.  For the safety of deputies and community members, the Sheriff’s Office will be judicious in determining what self-initiated contacts are made.   

On a case by case basis, deputies may decide to contact victims by phone rather than respond in person to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.   This would most likely be for reports of property crime that are not in progress. 

Patrol vehicles are being decontaminated regularly and after any arrest or lodging of suspects displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

Deputies are required to wear masks when inside indoor public places, when outdoors and they can’t socially distance, and when in contact with inmates and there is no barrier between the inmate and staff member.  This applies to when a face covering can be worn safely and does not impair the deputy's ability to do their job.  Deputies will also put on a mask if someone requests it and it isn’t otherwise required by policy if they can do so safely, or make other accommodations as needed. 

 

Ride-alongs

Ride-alongs are not currently being offered due to the inability to provide adequate social distancing. 

CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSING, CIVIL SERVICES, FINGERPRINTING, AND OTHER SERVICES

Concealed Handgun Licensing

In order to comply with social distancing recommendations, we are processing new and transfer concealed handgun applications by appointment only.   Please visit our CHL page for links to book an appointment below.

Book an appointment for new or transfer CHL

When you arrive at our offices for your scheduled appointment, please wait in the lobby and a staff member will come out to assist you.  We appreciate your patience!

CHL renewals can now be processed through the mail.  Please visit our Concealed Handgun Licensing page to learn more.

***In compliance with Governor Kate Brown's 6/29/2020 order, masks are required in all indoor public spaces. ***

Civil Service

We are still taking in civil papers, including protection orders.  Community members needing this service are asked to come to the Sheriff’s Office at 125 E. 8th Avenue in Eugene (the courthouse) Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. excluding legal holidays. 

When you arrive at our office, please call 541-682-4156 to let us know you are here.  You may use your personal phone or the courtesy phone in the hallway.  

***In compliance with Governor Kate Brown's 6/29/2020 order, masks are required in all indoor public spaces. ***

Fingerprinting

Fingerprinting services are provided by appointment only to accommodate social distancing.  Please visit the below link to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting services.  

***In compliance with Governor Kate Brown's 6/29/2020 order, masks are required in all indoor public spaces. ***

When you arrive at our offices for your scheduled appointment, please wait in the lobby and a staff member will come out to assist you.  We appreciate your patience!


Schedule an appointment

Sex Offender Registration

Sex offender registration is occurring by phone until further notice.   To register, please call 541-682-3906 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding legal holidays.

OLCC Applications

Oregon Liquor Control Commission permit applications are accepted via mail, fax or email. Phone payments will be accepted for applications. Please call 541-682-3906 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to discuss the best option for you and to ensure you are submitting all of the necessary documentation.  For more information, please visit our website at https://bit.ly/3aIYf3g.

Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Residents will be able to continue dropping off outdated or unneeded prescription medications at our main office at 125 East 8th Avenue in Eugene during business hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am through 5:00 p.m. excluding legal holidays.

When you arrive at our offices to dispose of medication, please wait in the lobby and a staff member will come out to assist you.  We appreciate your patience!

***In compliance with Governor Kate Brown's 6/29/2020 order, masks are required in all indoor public spaces. ***

LANE COUNTY JAIL 

Personal Protective Equipment

Employees at the Lane County Jail have access to personal protective equipment specific for their job, which may include gloves, mask, gown, eye protection, and disinfecting materials.  Staff are required to wear masks when they are around inmates and there is not a barrier (wall, door, etc.) between the inmate and the staff member.  

Arrestees are provided a face covering prior to entering the jail to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Soiled masks may be exchanged for a new one.  Inmates identified as being a member of a vulnerable population (for example, having a pre-existing medical condition) are provided with N95 masks.  

While most inmates stay in their housing areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some inmates are designated as inmate workers and may be involved in the cleaning of community areas and food service. Inmate workers have their temperatures taken each day and are asked if they have any symptoms of illness prior to reporting for work.  Inmate workers are required to wear gloves and a mask when they are working around food, and are provided the appropriate level of PPE for what they are cleaning.  

Intake / Medical Screening of New Inmates

All new custodies are screened by Wellpath medical professionals prior to being brought into the jail facility to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The jail has medical staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   New custodies are offered a COVID-19 test at intake, and are housed in a single person cell for observation for a minimum of 14 days with a negative test.  If the person refuses the COVID-19 test, they are placed on a 14 day quarantine and evaluated by medical prior to being eligible for dormitory style housing.  


Inmates identified by medical staff as needing medical isolation are placed in a single cell designed for housing potentially infectious persons until medically cleared by qualified medical personnel.  Inmates in quarantine will participate in activities such as dayroom, movement throughout the facility, and court proceedings without contact with other inmates. 

Cleaning of the Facility

We have increased the frequency of cleaning of the jail facility inmate and common areas in response to COVID-19.  Inmate workers tasked with cleaning common areas are being screened by medical prior to each shift.

Court

Court proceedings occurring at the jail are done either solo or in small groups utilizing video conferencing technology to minimize the number of people in the courtroom and allow for social distancing.

Accommodations are made for symptomatic individuals and for those needing more isolation than what is available in the courtroom.

The Circuit Court, which is a State program, is responsible for scheduling hearings and trials, as well as determining which pre-trial detainees can be released from custody. The Lane County Jail and the Sheriff’s Office do not have the authority to make those decisions and do not schedule court appearances. If you have questions about the timing of hearings or trials, please consider reaching out to the Circuit Court.

Social Visiting / Attorney Visits

In person social visiting has been put on hold until further notice.  Inmates can access video visitation through Telmate, and are currently receiving complimentary minutes of video and telephone visit opportunities each week to help them stay in contact with friends and family. 

Attorney visits will be conducted primarily through-the-glass or by telephone.  Special requests by attorneys to conduct in person meetings with their clients will be considered (please call 541-682-4263) with safety precautions strictly followed.    Attorneys may also set up an account with Telmate to communicate with their client by visiting GettingOut.com.  

Testing

The Lane County Jail has the ability to test inmates for COVID-19 through the on-site medical provider, Wellpath.  New custodies are tested upon arrival, and additional testing is offered as recommended by the jail medical provider, Wellpath.  

Testing numbers are updated once a week.

Below numbers updated 11/17/20

Number of COVID-19 tests performed at the jail:  3,682
Number of positive inmate tests:  50

Reduction of Jail Population

The Lane County Circuit Court, through its judges and staff in pre-trial services, are responsible for determining who is eligible for a pre-trial release agreement with the court and who is held in custody pre-trial. In response to the Chief Justice’s Order several months ago court staff have worked to reduce the jail population from 382 inmates to 260 inmates. 

 

This temporary population reduction has allowed the jail to operate the dormitory style housing areas at or below 50% capacity to allow for recommended physical distancing, and has created room in the jail to allow for reconfiguration of inmate housing if needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

 

To maintain the space necessary to keep the inmates and staff in the facility safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity based releases may occur if the jail population goes beyond the temporary capacity of 260 inmates.   


Programs

Sheriff’s Work Crew and the Sit-in Program are currently operating. Inmates sentenced to serve on the Sheriff's Work Crew or as a Sit-in are directed to call 541-682-2200 to schedule their service.

Religious Services

Religious services are still being offered, but not in large groups.  Chaplains have been recording services on DVD that can be delivered and played in the jail housing areas that would normally have access to group religious services.  Additionally, inmates may meet with a clergy member through the glass individually or use a phone in the visiting area to contact a member of clergy – both are private.  Chaplains and inmates may also exchange mail. 

 

COVID-19 Information -

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