Inmate who was returned to Douglas County Jail from treatment facility after developing COVID-19 symptoms tests positive

photo by: Chad Lawhorn

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

A Douglas County Jail inmate who had been in a treatment program outside the facility has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a social media post from the sheriff’s office.

The treatment facility requested that the inmate be transferred back to the jail on Friday after he developed symptoms of the illness, according to the post. The inmate was “immediately” isolated in the jail’s medical unit upon return, the post said.

Jenn Hethcoat, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, clarified via email that the inmate was away from the facility for 12 days prior to returning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of the coronavirus may appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus.

In addition to this most recent case, the sheriff’s office has reported four staff members and two inmates testing positive for COVID-19, with the first cases coming in late August.

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March 27, 2020: At Douglas County Jail, female inmates still sharing cells; total population has dropped

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March 23, 2020: Douglas County juvenile detention center has no plan to release incarcerated youths; activists make national push

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March 18, 2020: Douglas County Jail visitations continue; would-be inmate sent away at intake to self-quarantine

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