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COVID-19 Action Center

Car Disinfection:

Routinely disinfecting common touch surfaces is one of several ways the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, there is one common touch surface that you may not think about - your vehicle. Disinfecting your vehicle can further strengthen your efforts at keeping yourself, loved ones, and your community safe.


Employee Screening:

It takes all of us working together to keep everyone in our units and offices healthy and safe from COVID-19, and we are expanding our measures to do that by conducting temperature screenings at all of our facilities.

Any employee reporting for duty that has a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to enter the unit, and will be asked to undergo additional questioning. Those employees will also be required to see a doctor and have a release prior to returning to work.

In continuing with guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you feel sick, stay home and limit your exposure to public places as much as possible.


Offender Intake:

The health of everyone in our agency and the prevention of COVID-19 from entering our facilities is paramount.

To protect those within all of our units, we are implementing temperature screenings of all incoming offenders arriving at all of our 24 intake facilities.


Disinfecting Surfaces:

We are continuously working to prevent COVID-19 from entering our facilities, that includes constant use of disinfectants approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All commonly used surfaces and areas in our units are disinfected as often as possible.

The Roach Unit's Bleach Factory is currently in production manufacturing bleach for our units and offices to use statewide.

In addition to approved disinfectants, wiping down surfaces with a 10% bleach-90% water solution is another key step in keeping yourself, loved ones, and fellow Texans safe.

For more information about disinfectants, visit the CDC website at

For constant updates visit our agency website at



TDCJ has significant stockpiles of cleaning supplies. One reason for that is we manufacture our own soap. The Roach Unit in Childress can produce 16,000 pounds of solid hand soap each day! That is tens of thousands of bars a day. In addition the unit can produce 6,000 gallons of hand soap each day. The unit also has the capacity to make bleach which can used for all kinds of cleaning and disinfecting tasks.


CDC Handwashing:

It might seem like a no-brainer, but the best action that you can take to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is simple: wash your hands. Follow along as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows you the best way to wash your hands.

Helpful Links:

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - News Updates COVID-19
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Texas Case Counts Map
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - World Map