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Chesterfield inmates test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 7:51 AM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 14:05:02-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Four inmates currently incarcerated at the Chesterfield County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19. The inmates were tested after an inmate who was housed with them tested positive following his release on June 1.

None of the four inmates who tested positive showed symptoms, a press release from the jail indicated.

“Prior to his release, he was housed in a housing area with a relatively low population of 12 inmates and never left the facility for court appearances,” a spokesperson for the Chesterfield County Jail wrote in an email. “Jail staff immediately decontaminated the housing area in question, provided the inmates with face masks, and medical personnel continuously monitored inmates for any symptoms.

The housing area was isolated as a unit and no one was transported to court to limit potential exposure.”

The four inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 were isolated and will be monitored by medical staff, jail staff indicated. The jail will keep the seven inmates who tested negative separate from the rest of the inmates and re-test them for the virus.