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COVID-19 updates

The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) takes emergency actions as necessary to ensure the safety of everyone at our correctional facilities. Our actions are based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Public Health – Seattle and King County.

We work with our partners in the criminal justice system to quickly and safely decrease the number of people who are in custody. This provides our staff with more opportunity to ensure health and safety. Our partners in the criminal justice system are the courts, public defenders, prosecutors, corrections, and law enforcement.

The number of youth at the Clark Children and Family Justice Center is low enough that each youth has their own dorm room. Staff provide the youth with individualized care. 

Correctional facilities dashboard

Numbers reported as of May 16, 2023. 

After this date, we will no longer update this page with current COVID-19 infection numbers. We continue to track cases internally and to take health precautions to help protect people in our facilities.

Testing conducted to date (May 16, 2023)

Adults in jail

  • Unique patients tested: 24,490
  • Positive test results: 1,481


Youth residents

  • Unique patients tested: 797
  • Positive test results: 34


Snapshot of people at correctional facilities (May 16, 2023)

Adults in jail

  • Confirmed cases: 1


Youth residents

  • Confirmed cases: 0

Population summary (May 16, 2023)


Adults in jail

  • Population on March 13, 2020: 1,899

  • Current population: 1,421

  • Change in population: -478


Youth residents

  • Population on March 13, 2020: 43

  • Current population: 40

  • Change in population: -3

For family and friends

We continue to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. We follow local, state, and federal public health guidelines. The status of visitation and other ongoing measures may have changed throughout the pandemic. Find visitation hours and protocols through the links below.

Learn about visiting an adult in jail

Learn about video-visiting an adult in jail

Learn how to contact or visit a youth in detention

For news media

This page is the best source for the latest information on COVID-19 actions at the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. Other DAJD news can be found here



For questions regarding correctional operations, including changes in population, booking restrictions, programs, and visitation, email the DAJD Public Information Officer:

For questions regarding Jail Health Services, including testing, personal protective equipment, medical isolation, and contact tracing, email the Public Health Information Office:

Learn more about King County and COVID-19

Frequently asked questions

No. The courts, not jails, determine how long someone is in custody. However, we work with the courts and other partners in the criminal justice system to safely decrease the number of people brought into correctional facilities. We prioritize bed space for those who pose an imminent risk to public safety.
Yes. Every person in custody receives a health screening and is tested for COVID-19 when they arrive to our correctional facilities.
Yes. All staff members and people in custody are provided with procedure masks and other personal protective equipment, as needed.
We work with our partners in the criminal justice system to reduce the adult jail population. This has also helped our staff provide appropriate care for people who are most vulnerable to severe complications.
The population of youth in secure detention at the Clark Children and Family Justice Center is already low enough that each youth has then own individual dorm room. Our health care providers and other staff members are able to provide youths with individualized care. 

We work with the Superior Court, Juvenile Probation, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and Department of Public Defense to identify any youth who might qualify for early release.
Adults who test positive for COVID-19 are transferred to a designated housing unit. Transferred adults are provided appropriate care in medical isolation using personal protective equipment. Patients are transferred to a hospital if necessary.
Most people in our community have been exposed to COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. This is also true for employees of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. Each employee is connected with preventative resources, and precautions are taken to keep infected employees out of the workplace.