Law enforcement safe so far from virus

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Despite the rise in cases of COVID-19, local law enforcement has managed to keep healthy during the pandemic.

According to Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes, none of his deputies or staff have come down with the disease, although some have had to be quarantined due to exposure to it.

“If someone is exposed, they’ll quarantine for 14 days,” he said. “We’ve had a little of that but not much.”

He said his office got a jump on things early in the outbreak and he is well supplied with masks, hand sanitizer and other supplies.

“We try to keep everything clean and work as remotely as possible,” he said.

In the office they keep as much distance from each other as possible, wear masks, and wash hands frequently in addition to using hand sanitizer.

Brandes also said that the jail has been free from the disease so far.

“We take the temperature of everyone entering the jail and we have things we look for,” he said, noting symptoms of the disease.

Attempts to contact the Sealy Police Department for comment have been unsuccessful.

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