Two staff members at Douglas County Jail test positive for COVID-19

photo by: Chad Lawhorn

The Douglas County Jail, 3601 E 25th St., is pictured on April 7, 2020

Two staff members of the Douglas County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a social media post from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Monday.

The office was notified on Thursday, and the staff member had contact with inmates in minimum classification, according to the post. Over the weekend, the office was notified of the second staff member testing positive.

Medical staff administered COVID-19 tests to all inmates in minimum security and staff members who were in contact with the first person who tested positive, according to the post. All inmates and staff who were not tested on Friday are now being tested following the second report, according to the post.

“While not all test results have been returned, we have not yet received any additional positive results,” according to the post. “We will continue to be transparent with the public should any results come back positive.”

Inmates in minimum security housing were moved to an area of the facility that allowed them to quarantine individually, and officers and deputies “worked immediately to deep-clean and disinfect the entire exposed area and to wash all laundry in the facility” on Thursday, the post said.

All inmates are provided personal protective equipment each week, or more often if requested, the post says.

“Wearing the PPE was previously a choice inmates were allowed to make. Until further notice all inmates will now be required to wear PPE outside of their individual housing units,” according to the post. “Most inmates who had contact with the staff reporting positive cases were wearing PPE.”

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