COVID-19 Information

The men and women of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office are committed to protecting life and property at all times. This is no more important now than ever before. Deputies will continue to patrol neighborhoods, respond to calls for service, investigate crimes and ensure your safety.

However, out of an abundance of caution and to further implement the social distancing protocol being advised by health officials, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office will make the following changes effective at 5 p.m., Monday, March 16th:

Closings

Cancellations

  • Inmate visitation
  • Citizens Academy
  • HR-218 Class scheduled for April 11, 2020
  • RAD Class scheduled for March 17-April 14
  • 2020 On-Site Accreditation

Jail 

  • Jail lobby doors will be locked at all times. Staff will remain in the lobby during business hours to address community needs.
  • Sex Offender/Predator Registration
    • All sex offenders/predators will continue to respond to the Jail for registration/re-registration. They will need to bring a cell phone and photo identification.
    • Registration will be done over the phone while on site at the jail. A phone number will be posted in the Lobby Door window.
    • Registrants will show ID through window and conduct their business without entering the lobby.
    • The registrant will be instructed that they will need to return to the Jail to complete an in-person registration once normal operations resume.
    • The registrant is subject to all laws and guidelines during the state of emergency.
    • Registration fees will be deferred until normal operations resume.
  • Attorneys wishing to scheduled meetings with inmates can now do so using a video-conferencing alternative. Please see the attachments below for more information. -- THIS IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Statement Provided to All Inmates on May 19

Status of COVID-19 in the St. Lucie County Jail 

(6/4/2020) - New information in bold.

Current Jail Population1,131
Inmates Tested88
Positive Cases26
Current Positive Cases
22
Negative Cases62
Pending Results9
Inmates Cleared3
Retest of previously positive cases
13
Hospitalizations
0
Table of COVID-19 Cases in Jail

"Inmates Cleared" refers to previously positive inmates who now test negative.

  • No new symptoms in the jail facility since Tuesday, May 28, 2020.
  • No new testing. No new symptoms in the jail facility since Tuesday.
  • Jail and Health Department Officials are working to schedule "end-of-quarantine" testing for the first positive cases as they appear to recover.
  • 19th Circuit Court Chief Judge Lawrence Mirman issued Administrative Order 2020-08 granting authority to Sheriff Ken Mascara to release eligible inmates pre-trial release to aid in reducing jail population.  Download the Administrative Order here. 
  • Based on the Chief Judge’s Administrative Order, the St. Lucie County Sheriff Office will use the following process to grant pre-trial release to inmates at the St. Lucie County Jail:
    • Determine eligibility as outlined in part one of the Administrative Order.
    • As allowed in part two of the Administrative Order, conduct a three-step internal and discretionary review of all eligible inmates to include:
      • Step 1 – Criminal Investigations Division review to exclude known dangerous individuals, gang members, or subjects of ongoing investigations.
      • Step 2 —Complete intelligence-led policing and criminal background review, automatically excluding from release inmates with previous acts of violence, sex crimes, prior prison sentence(s), prior 2nd degree or higher felonies.
      • Step 3 – Second-level review of current charges and ILP/criminal background review by two agency directors who must independently agree that the inmate should be released back to society.
  • All inmates who tested positive are currently isolated, in good health and are reportedly experiencing no symptoms.
  • Symptoms that have been reported remain to be low-grade fever, headache and chills that last for less than 24-hours.
  • Based on recommendation from the Florida Department of Health, the Sheriff’s Office has hired five specialty nurses to work exclusively on the COVID-19 population in the jail. These nurses are specifically trained and experienced in working with positive COVID-19 patients.
  • No additional Aramark staff and no Sheriff’s Office staff have tested positive.
  • Due to the evolving characteristics of COVID-19, the St. Lucie County Health Department and the Sheriff’s Office have requested the support of the Florida Department of Health. On Friday (May 22), they were on site at the jail with two Preventists who will work alongside staff from Wexford Health. The Preventists have experience in dealing with COVID-19 and will provide insight on best practices and lessons learned.
  • The kitchen has been closed off to the main jail. Aramark food service staff continue to work on site to prepare meals. Inmate workers are not working in the kitchen until further notice. This transition has caused menu changes and some disruptions in food service but they have been addressed. We have implemented a modified meal schedule that consists of cold meals for breakfast and dinner and one hot meal for lunch.

For More Information on COVID-19:

To remain informed about COVID-19 in St. Lucie County and Florida, visit the Florida Department of Health or the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners.

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Case Dashboard.

For overall information on the virus and how the U.S. is responding, visit the Center for Disease Control.