The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has announced that 31 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.
The testing of the jail’s inmates took place after three prisoners transferred to the Department of Corrections tested positive upon arriving at their new prisons. A test of inmates upon that discovery showed one inmate with COVID-19, who was taken and isolated at a local hospital for treatment.
Continued testing to screen close contacts of the infected inmate and new inmates to the jail have shown 31 positive out of 123 inmates tested; 5 jail staff members have also tested positive for COVID-19.
Only two prisoners are showing symptoms, 40 are quarantined. All of the cases are connected to one housing unit that is not connected to the main jail facility.
“GCSO would like to express to our community that we are taking Covid-19 seriously, and we are utilizing every precautionary measure possible to keep our inmate population and staff safe and healthy,” Department PIO Deputy Jason Winston wrote in a statement. “GC Jail has cleaning / sanitizing measures in place and will continue to follow those procedures to help prevent the spread of illness and disease within our facility. The Jail staff and inmates have been issued masks and are required to wear them while inside our facility.”