Covid Booking Procedures (Seminole County Sheriff)

The Trace filed this request with the Seminole County Sheriff of Seminole County, FL.
Multi Request Covid Booking Procedures


From: The Trace

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

Any correspondence, memos or other written guidance related to changes in booking procedures during Covid. Please include any information related to fingerprinting and DNA swabbing, as well as other booking protocols.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.


The Trace

From: Seminole County Sheriff

Good morning,

Inmates are educated on CDC guidelines and the vaccine during the booking process, and the information is accessible to them on the inmate kiosks. We have specific precautions for staff to take regarding anyone booked into the jail. Temperature is taken, and every person booked is observed by medical staff in an observation pod for at least seven days to ensure they remain asymptomatic. Specific medical and safety protocols have also been established for any inmates who are positive for the virus. Each inmate is issued two masks which are replaced upon the inmate's request. The masks are washable, and inmates have the opportunity to wash the mask twice a week. It is strongly encouraged for inmates and staff to wear masks inside the facility when social distancing is not possible. In addition, we have a 24-hour cleaning schedule for the facility. All areas are constantly cleaned throughout the day to include inmate housing and common areas. Inmates have access to personal disinfecting agent throughout the facility. We have also been working with the Seminole County Health Department to provide the COVID vaccine to inmate who want it.

Thank you,

Kim Cannaday
Public Information Manager
Public Affairs Division
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
100 Eslinger Way, Sanford FL 32773
(407) 665-6978 - desk
(407)-402-3319 - cell<applewebdata://04D0E627-7410-4337-A3C3-A05ABCAA83B1/>

From: The Trace

Thank you Kim. That's really helpful.
The big thing I'm trying to understand (we are surveying law enforcement agencies all over the country) is whether any people who were arrested during Covid who would normally have been fingerprinted or asked to provide DNA samples were NOT asked to do so for safety reasons. Do you know the answer?
Also is your department the only one in your county that would have been booking arrestees in that time?
I'm happy to speak by phone if that's easier.
Thanks so much,
Ann Givens

From: Seminole County Sheriff

You’re welcome!

The protocol for fingerprinting inmates or collecting DNA did not change.
Yes, we are the only correctional facility in the county, and thus, the only ones booking arrestees.

From: The Trace

Got it. Thank you so much for your help.