8 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Charlotte County Jail, CCSO says they are the first

Writer: Melissa Montoya
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FILE: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. (Credit: WINK News)

At least eight inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at Charlotte County Jail.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, which operates the jail, said these were the first positive cases for the facility, according to a news release.

The agency said since the start of the pandemic there has been extensive cleaning and sanitizing procedures in place to avoid a spread. Temperatures and taken daily and inmates are placed into a 14-day quarantine upon entering the jail.

“The number is low, with eight inmates experiencing minor symptoms who are being treated by on-site medical professionals,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The eight cases are within two housing units which have since been locked down. The inmates are in isolation.

The jail is monitoring the rest of the population, the agency said.

“We want to acknowledge concerns the public may have with loved ones within our facility. We assure you we are taking every precaution necessary provided by the CDC to ensure the safety and health of your loved ones,” the agency said.

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