Ten additional inmates test positive for COVID-19 in the Roanoke City Jail


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Ten inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 after recent testing at the Roanoke City Jail. In total, 14 inmates have tested positive at the jail, according to the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office.

COVID-19 testing was conducted on inmates on August 14. Out of those 389 inmates, ten tested positive for COVID 19. This ten, with the additional four that had tested positive previously, make 14 positive COVID-19 cases for the Roanoke City Jail.

Currently, there are still no hospitalizations due to COVID-19 among inmates or staff.

The inmates who were tested positive have been reclassified to designated quarantine housing.

While our facility will not allow for complete social distancing within housing units, the department is doing its best to educate the inmate population on the importance of wearing a mask, good hygiene and other safety measures.

Roanoke Sheriff’s Office

The Roanoke Sheriff’s Office staff, contractors and vendors will be tested throughout this week.

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