Detention deputy tests positive, another presumptive for COVID-19

  • Detention deputy tests positive, another presumptive for COVID-19

Detention deputy tests positive, another presumptive for COVID-19

A Will County jail inmate who was quarantined after being taken into custody with a fever tested negative for the coronavirus, and the facility remained COVID-19 free Friday morning, according to the Will County Sheriff's Office.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter made the announcement during a news conference on Thursday.

Coworkers who were around the deputy are still reporting to work. The deputy tested positive on Tuesday.

The deputy is now self-isolating and all family members have been quarantined.

Easter said now, no inmates have tested positive for coronavirus.

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Neither deputy has a travel history, and Easter said they "could have got it in everyday life or possibly at work". Health officials say you should be staying at least 6 feet away from others and working from home, if possible.

"We have had anxiety within the sheriff's office since these two cases have arisen", Easter said. It's the same as anxiety as citizens have it at home or at work. "At this time, we believe that not releasing people early gives the inmates the safest environment and minimizes the risk of the introduction of the virus into the jail". One inmate has been quarantined since last week while awaiting test results. She last worked in the jail on Tuesday, March 31, where during her interactions with patients and staff, she was wearing personal protective equipment.