Three inmates, 15 correctional officers and one contractor with the Douglas County Department of Corrections have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few weeks.
Four other inmates tested positive for the virus before being booked into the jail. All who tested positive have been moved to a COVID-19 quarantine unit where they are receiving close medical supervision, according to a press release from the Douglas County Department of Corrections.
All correctional officers who have tested positive are isolating at home.
Mike Myers, corrections director, said in a press release that all staff members are required to wear masks while working, and masks have been provided to all inmates as well.
“While our recent jump in cases among staff and incarcerated individuals is concerning, we continue to follow the expert advice of leaders at both Nebraska Medicine and the Douglas County Health Department,” Myers said.
More than 80 staff members and about 50 inmates who may have come into contact with the virus are being tested.
Since the pandemic began, a total of 23 employees and one contractor have tested positive. In total, 14 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, with 11 of those individuals testing positive for the virus before booking.
Douglas County corrections has about 500 employees. As of Friday, there were about 1,165 incarcerated individuals.
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