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Contractor at Chesapeake Correctional Center tests positive for coronavirus

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 13:42:59-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A contractor at the Chesapeake Correctional Center tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office.

Officials said this is the first case of the virus in the facility.

Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan said the center is prepared. “We have infectious disease protocols in place for exactly these types of situations,” said O’Sullivan. “Our top priority within the correctional facility is the health and safety of our staff and the inmates in custody.”

The contractor is being quarantined. There are still no confirmed cases among inmates at the Chesapeake Correctional Center.

The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office said they are working closely with the Chesapeake Health Department and continue to manage the risk of the virus spreading.

On March 20, 2020, the Chesapeake Correctional Center began taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus in the facility. These precautions include increased cleaning and sanitation rounds, implementing temperature and symptom checks for everyone entering the facility, mask-wearing and putting all new inmates in quarantine for 14 days before they join the general population.

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