Dubuque County Jail moving forward with renovations to slow COVID spread

A renovation project to break up housing units in Dubuque County Jail is now expected to start next year.
Sheriff Joe Kennedy told members of the county Board of Supervisors this week that construction on the project should to start in April. The work would involve walling off the connection between two floors of the jail’s two 49-person cell pods, cutting the capacity of each in half. Potential contractors can start submitting bids next week, Sheriff Kennedy said in a news release. Kennedy said the renovations are aimed at preventing the rampant spread of the coronavirus through the jail, as it saw its first positive cases for COVID-19.