Inmate at Brazos County Jail tests positive for COVID-19

First positive COVID-19 case at the Brazos County Jail.
Inmate at Brazos County Jail tests positive for COVID-19
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 3:30 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - An inmate at the Brazos County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19. It’s the first positive case the jail has had.

According to the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, more than a week ago an inmate was transferred from Brazos County to another facility. During the transfer, the inmate had a medical screening and tested positive for coronavirus.

Brazos County Jail personnel locked down the dorm they were in and tested 56 inmates and five staff members they came in contact with. Four inmates refused the test and were placed in medical isolation for observation. One test came back positive. Fifteen tests have come back negative, and they are waiting on the other results.

The inmate who has tested positive is non-symptomatic and is in medical isolation.

In a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, they say “Sheriff’s Office personnel continue to follow our infectious disease protocols. Our protocols include medical isolation and use of personal protective equipment. Sheriff’s Office personnel will continue to implement our response plan and take safety precautions for the duration of this arrestee’s detention. The Brazos County Health District will be notified prior to his release.

“For more than four months our primary objective has been to keep COVID-19 out of our jail. As the number of cases in the community has grown, we have seen an increase in the number of detention personnel on quarantine status and the number of new arrestees with exposure has increased. The identification of a positive case in the facility expands our primary objective to include isolation of the infection and providing necessary treatment in addition to our effort to prevent new exposures.”

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