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10 Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office deputies, 70 inmates test positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 09:25:24-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office announced that 10 of its deputies and 70 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the VBSO, 1,521 inmates, deputies, civilians and contractors were tested last week in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health. The 80 confirmed cases represent 2% of the VBSO's 500 staff members and 6% of its 1,110 inmates.

The VBSO also said that at the VDH's recommendation, everyone will be retested next week.

The inmates who tested positive have been placed in quarantine, where they are being monitored and provided any needed medical care. No inmates have been sent to the hospital due to the virus, the VBSO said.

Staff members who tested positive are quarantining at home and have been directed to seek medical attention, if needed, until cleared by a physician to return to work.

This is a developing story.