Douglas County Sheriff’s Office: Inmate tests positive for COVID-19; 220 other tests are negative
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One inmate at the Douglas County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19, but 220 other tests — 99.5% — came back negative, according to a social media post from the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office said on Aug. 24 that two staff members had tested positive, so the jail’s medical staff began testing all corrections officers, deputies, civilian staff members and inmates at the jail. The jail also made personal protective equipment, or PPE, mandatory for all inmates outside of their individual cells.
The inmate who tested positive is isolated and being monitored, according to the post.
“Out of caution and concern for our inmates and staff, anyone who tests negative for COVID-19 will be tested two additional times to make sure we account for possible incubation periods that could result in prematurely negative results,” the post said.
No additional staff members tested positive, according to the post. A second round of testing will begin this week.
“We are committed to maintaining transparency; if there are positive cases in the future we will of course share this information,” the post said.
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