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Jail Inmates Spread Covid-19 Infections Very Easily

Lincoln County Jail

Last weekend Sheriff’s Office Administration was informed that a jail inmate was showings signs and symptoms attributable to Covid -19.  The inmate was quickly tested for the virus and it came up positive.  Based on the housing location of the infected inmate others were tested.  Five additional tests were conducted and all five tested positive for the virus.  According to protocol, all inmates who tested positive were ordered to receive an additional test – polymerase chain reaction – to confirm accuracy of the initial test.  In addition, all jail staff were provided the necessary COVID test.  Prior plans had been established which entailed leaving a housing unit vacant should they have one or more positive cases. Because of this established process they were able to quarantine those inmates and they are now being monitored by medical staff multiple times a day.  So far, all of the infected inmates show only minor symptoms which can be adequately treated within the facility.

Jail Medical staff have been working closely with Lincoln County Public Health and the State of Oregon to ensure all necessary medical procedures are being followed – to include contact tracing.

All jail/prison inmates throughout Oregon became eligible for the COVID vaccine during February.  Lincoln County will continue to offer the vaccine to all inmates.  To date they have provided at least a single dose vaccine to 43 inmates.  All prior precautionary measures and protocols remain in place: COVID testing for all inmates who remain in their custody, daily temperature checks for inmates and staff, as well as wearing facial coverings.

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