Multiple offenders, staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Franklin County jail


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities announced Monday there are multiple coronavirus cases involving offenders and corrections staff at the Franklin County jail.

In a statement released on Monday, Oct. 12, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reported that an offender presenting “sinus/allergy like symptoms” was quarantined after a daily screening process in late September and ended up testing positive for the coronavirus.

That positive test result reportedly led to further testing throughout the facility.

Since then, the sheriff’s office says other offenders and corrections staff have tested positive for COVID-19. However, Monday’s statement did not disclose the exact number of positive test results.

In order to keep the offenders and staff safe and separated, authorities say some offenders have been housed at the Western Virginia Regional Jail, which not only has a greater housing capacity, but also the ability to provide necessary medical care and isolation from their healthy population.

“The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with the Virginia Department of Health, local health officials and the Department of Corrections to utilize best practice procedures for disinfecting the facility and keeping our corrections population healthy,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in Monday’s statement.

In addition, other arrangements are being made for new arrestees in order to reduce exposure, according to authorities

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