Amidst the current concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Graves County Jail is strengthening its policies regarding visitors, inmates and staff.

Jailer George Workman reported the jail lobby is currently closed to visitors.

“No one is able to enter,” he said Friday.

He said those brought into the jail are checked for coronavirus symptoms, such as dry cough and shortness of breath. Temperatures are also checked to make sure they are not over 100.4 degrees.

With visitations restricted, Workman said Securus Technologies, which handles video conferencing, has provided free coupons to inmates to get one video visitation from home each week.

Also, family members needing to get canteen funds and care packages can place orders through Carousel, which handles the jail canteen and care packages, by calling 1-800-622-8166.

Workman said the jail facility is doubling up on supplies, such as masks, and are aggressively cleaning the facility.

Community service workers are being restricted and are not allowed outside the facility.

He also said attorneys may still communicate via telephone with their clients at the jail by calling 270-247-3907. Workman said the phone calls are not recorded to allow attorney-client privilege.