SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – In response to the coronavirus threat, the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office is implementing an action plan to help prevent the virus from spreading.

According to a news release sent to 22News, the sheriff’s department has increased its cleaning schedule with the aim of disinfecting areas where a virus is most likely to be spread, including transport vehicles and living pods.

The department has also implemented mandatory staff training on the coronavirus to help prevent the introduction of the disease into its correctional system.

The sheriff’s department also has new screening procedures for offenders upon intake and have updated their overall nursing protocols to be able to quickly identify and respond to a potential outbreak.

“We are working with our community partners and state agencies to best prepare for the possibility of an outbreak in our correctional centers while doing everything we can to prevent that from happening in the first place. We will continue to monitor the latest CDC recommendations and when necessary, modify our mandatory staff training and our procedures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.”

– Sheriff Nick Cocchi said in a news release sent ot 22News