Temporary Cancellation of In-Person Jail Visitation

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

In light of the Governor’s Executive Order (N-25-20) and the recommendation from the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has suspended all in-person visitation services at both the Placerville and South Lake Tahoe Jails. The only exception will be non-contact attorney visits.  

Effective Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will be expanding video visitation services. While we recognize the importance of in-person visitation, this decision was based upon the recommendation of health officials at both the state and local level. 

All persons incarcerated in El Dorado County will receive two free 30 minute video visitation sessions per week. Additional video visits are available at a reduced cost. The cost of video visitation has been reduced to .20 cents a minute. We have expanded our visitation calendar to allow for video visits 7 days per week between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm. Please note that certain blocks of time will be excluded so that we can continue to meet the medical and dietary needs of those who are incarcerated. Video visitation must be scheduled in advance at  https://jailfunds.com/

No confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have occurred in the El Dorado County Jails. This is a preventative measure that the Sheriff’s Office is taking in an effort to best protect all persons in El Dorado County.

Public Health Emergency in El Dorado County

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini has declared a local emergency in El Dorado County in response to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). This is in support with the Public Health Officer of El Dorado County and their declaration of a Public Health Emergency.

There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in El Dorado County.  However, due to confirmed cases in the region and a high likely hood that a case will be confirmed in El Dorado County, the El Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams, declared a public health emergency. The declaration of a public health emergency is a prerequisite for requesting and receiving any available federal and state funding.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office wants to assure residents of El Dorado County that your safety is our priority. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to remain open and staffed during the public health emergency. We will continue to work closely with our County partners, ensuring safety and best efforts on public health while following guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Attached is the press release and declaration by El Dorado County.  Residents of El Dorado County are urged to visit El Dorado County’s Public Health website for regular updates about COVID-19.

Updated March 13, 2020 at 12:15 PM with updated El Dorado County News Release

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Press Release- Coronavirus

For Immediate Release

Lieutenant Tasha Thompson

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office wants our community to know we are paying attention and understand the concerns that many have about novel coronavirus.  

The California Department of Public Health has stated; “Although coronaviruses are a group of viruses that aren’t new, this is a new type of coronavirus we are still learning about it.  However, the health risk to the general public in California remains low.”  While the coronavirus has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. 

We are working with our partners at Health and Human Services, as well as the El Dorado County Public Health Officer, to ensure we are well informed with the most up to date information on this virus and the potential impact it could have on our community. We will support and collaborate with our partners if the coronavirus has an effect on El Dorado County.

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, we want to remind our community there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

-Wash hands with soap and water.
-Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infections with a number of different viruses. 
-Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.