Inmate at Danville City Jail tests positive for COVID-19, sheriff’s office says


DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities are taking precautions after receiving notice Wednesday that an inmate at Danville City Jail tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Danville Sheriff’s Office, the administration at the jail learned an inmate tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Authorities say that inmate displayed symptoms earlier in the week, saw the jail doctor, and was isolated in an area of the jail suitable for quarantine. As of Wednesday, officials say the inmate had a normal temperature and medical staff say the inmate “overall seems to be doing well.”

However, the sheriff’s office says it is unclear at this time how the inmate was exposed to the virus.

“The inmates in our jail and jail annex have been fortunate thus far, not having been affected by the novel Coronavirus,” the Danville Sheriff’s Office said in Wednesday’s statement. “Fortunately, we have had time to prepare and plan for what we believed was an eventuality.”

After learning of this case, jail administrators immediately worked to identify and isolate inmates who came in contact with the inmate in question, officials say.

According to the sheriff’s office, a specific area of the jail has been set up to house such cases. When staff enter this housing area, authorities say they will be extra cautious with regard to wearing masks, increased hand washing, and social distancing in a practical manner in a jail environment.

In addition, enhanced cleaning procedures are reportedly being implemented and inmates who have acute symptoms will be tested in a secure and efficient manner.

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