Saturday, April 20, 2024

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail updates its coronavirus response procedures

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail is adjusting its operations due to coronavirus concerns, using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So, for those who have loved ones inside the jail, or for those who have families working there, here are the measures imposed by jail officials:

  • All officers and staff inside our ‘secure perimeter’ are now required to be masked. This is in keeping with guidance from the CDC and VDH. Officers and staff will remain masked while inside the secure perimeter at all times. The enhanced measures are intended to protect the committed population and staff at VPRJ and reduce the opportunity for the spread of COVID-19 from those coming and going from the facility. Additionally, all new committed inmates will be masked upon their entrance to the facility and will remain so during medical observation and quarantine.
  • VPRJ officers and staff continue to have their temperature checked and receive medical clearance prior to the start of their shift.
  • VPRJ continues to quarantine newly committed inmates for a period of 14 days upon their arrival to our facility. The quarantine requires multiple and regular daily contacts with medical staff to ensure wellness. Only after the 14 day period has passed are these inmates allowed to process into a general housing unit.
  • All inmates who exit their assigned housing units for any reason will now be masked. This will affect those inmates who have direct contact meetings with attorneys and those who present for video court appearances.
  • The lobby remains closed to members of the general public. In-person family and friends visitation is suspended through at least April 30, or until otherwise revised. VPRJ will work to accommodate continued access to those members of the public who have business with the magistrate, as well as attorneys who need to meet with their clients.
  • Officials have made it a priority to, as much as we can, restrict movement throughout the facility of both staff and inmates in an effort to reduce the opportunity for exposure to illness.
  • Efforts to continually clean and disinfect remain in effect and are promoted by both staff and inmates.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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