Rise in coronavirus cases concerns family members of Roanoke City Jail inmates

ROANOKE, Va. – While the Roanoke City Jail was late to experience positive coronavirus cases, some family members of inmates said jail-wide testing should have taken place sooner.

As 10 News has reported, the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office announced everyone would be tested following several positive cases.

A total of 14 inmates at the Roanoke City Jail have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office announced that of 389 inmates who were tested, 10 tested positive.

This 10 is in addition to the four cases among inmates and 14 cases among Sheriff’s Office staff, that 10 News has previously reported.

Glenn Daugherty contacted WSLS 10 News concerned about his son serving an 18-month sentence in the jail.

He claims deep cleaning is not happening as it should, social distancing guidelines are not enforced and proper, and effective PPE is not available.

The Sheriff’s office refutes that.

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