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Daviess County Jail Fighting COVID-19 Outbreak

According to officials at the Daviess County Jail, 51 inmates and five staff members are currently infected with COVID-19.

Posted: Jan 29, 2021 10:34 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2021 12:08 PM

The Daviess County Detention Center is in the throes of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Officials at the jail tell us that 51 inmates are currently infected with COVID-19, in addition to five staff members.

While there is still a chance for the virus to spread, jail officials say all of the positive coronavirus cases are currently confined to one building.

Friday Update: Over 100 New Positive COVID-19 Cases Identified in Daviess County, Kentucky

Daviess County Jailer Art Malinger says he stands behind the facility's handling of the virus.

“The majority of the inmates of the 51 active cases that I was telling you about, they’re either mild to moderate symptoms, and some of them are asymptomatic," said Malinger. "We have a nurse and a medical staff that’s trained for situations like this, and they’ve done an excellent job trying to mitigate the virus spread and care for the inmates.”

This, however, isn't the jail's first bout with COVID-19.

Dozens of inmates and several staff members were also reported as testing positive for the virus back in mid-December of 2020.

For now, all programs at the jail have been canceled except for the Substance Abuse Program, and visitations have also been limited.

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