2 staff members, 1 inmate 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 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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Aug. 24, 2020: Two staff members at Douglas County Jail test positive for COVID-19

July 29, 2020: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office captain says county jail has reached its functional capacity amid COVID-19

July 24, 2020: Douglas County Jail: Still no COVID-19 cases

May 10, 2020: Is the Douglas County Jail’s inmate population decrease amid COVID-19 sustainable? Law enforcement isn’t optimistic

April 8, 2020: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office serving warrants only for public safety risks

April 7, 2020: Douglas County district attorney: 14 inmates released from jail amid COVID-19; some community service hours waived in diversion cases

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

March 24, 2020: Douglas County Jail suspends visitation amid ‘stay at home’ order

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

March 19, 2020: What you need to know: Lawrence-area law enforcement shares latest updates amid COVID-19 pandemic

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

March 17, 2020: Douglas County District Court delays most hearings, jury trials amid COVID-19 concerns

March 13, 2020: Some Douglas County Jail inmates could be released on furloughs if sick or at risk of COVID-19

March 12, 2020: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office: Jail can accommodate quarantine, if needed


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