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49 inmates in Danville City Jail test positive for COVID-19

Authorities say that is isn’t clear how the inmate was exposed to the virus

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DANVILLE, Va.UPDATE

Danville City Jail announced on Saturday that the facility has 49 positive coronavirus cases.

Sheriff Mike Mondul, the Public Information Officer, said there are there different quarantined housing areas within the jail.

With 226 inmates in total, there are 63 inmates combined in three housing quarantine areas.

Authorities said that all inmates at the jail and jail annex as well as the deputies have been issued face masks.


ORIGINAL STORY

One inmate at the Danville City Jail tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, according to the Danville Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Mike Mondul, the Public Information Officer, said that an inmate displayed symptoms of COVID-19 earlier this week.

The inmate was seen by the jail doctor and isolated in an area of the jail suitable for quarantine, Mondul said. The temperature of the inmate was normal today and overall seems to be doing well, according to the jail’s medical staff.

Mondul said jail administration took immediate steps to identify other inmates who had contact with the inmate who contracted COVID-19 and isolated them in an area of the jail they said is suitable for quarantine. Inmates with acute symptoms will be tested in a secure and efficient manner.

Authorities say that is isn’t clear how the inmate was exposed to the virus.

Danville City Jail is in the process of collaborating with the health department to review best practice procedures, according to Mondul.


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