Cass County is planning to reduce the number of inmates in its jail to deal with a possible coronavirus outbreak.
Jail administrator Andy Frobig says reducing the population will allow single bunks for every inmate.
KFGO reports there will also be housing units designated for those that show signs of illness which will further separate them from other inmates.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
About 270 inmates are currently in the jail. Frobig says the goal is to cut the number of inmates to 180 or less.
Modifications may be made on a case-by-case basis for inmates with minor offenses that would allow their release, most under supervision by the sheriff’s office.