WATCH: Sen. Tim Kaine hosts roundtable on impact of COVID-19 in Farmville


UPDATE 5 P.M.: Health officials participated in today’s roundtable and said there are no active cases at the Farmville ICE detention center. This comes after detainees from Florida and Arizona were transferred to the facility, causing a spike in cases. Nearly 90% of the detainees tested positive for coronavirus back in July.

Sen. Kaine said a new issue with the detention center may arise with detainees not coming in, but instead leaving the facility. The sentiment was echoed by Dr. Howard Nash, director of the Piedmont Health District.

“When they’re released, we don’t know if they’re positive, or negative, or test results are pending,” Nash said. “As soon as they’re bonded out or a federal immigration judge deems them fit for release, they’re out the door.”

Nash said issues lie in the health department’s inability to track down discharged detainees by address or next of kin. He adds that more than 50 detainees were released in an unknown status.

FARMVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable on the impact of COVID-19 on the Farmville community Friday at 2 p.m.

Farmville is the location of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility where several immigrants contracted coronavirus while in custody.

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