2 staff members, 1 inmate at Douglas County Jail test positive for COVID-19
photo by: Chad Lawhorn
Two staff members and an inmate at the Douglas County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a social media post by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office began testing all inmates and jail staff for the coronavirus in late August after two staff members tested positive. Following the first round of tests, one inmate tested positive and 220 other tests were negative, the Journal-World previously reported.
A post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page late Sunday said the office had received all the results from its second round of testing, and it returned positive results for one inmate and one staff member. The cases were not related, and the two individuals had not been in contact with each other, according to the post.
On Friday afternoon, an additional employee tested positive, according to the post. The case was “unrelated to their work at the correctional facility,” the post said.
“All three individuals are following or have completed health department guidelines for quarantine,” according to the post. “We will continue with the plans we have in place to mitigate spread of the virus at our facility and will continue to be transparent with the community if we have additional positive cases in the future.”
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