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90 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Chesapeake Correctional Center; Facility-wide testing ordered

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 08:47:34-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - COVID-19 testing has been ordered for all inmates at the Chesapeake Correctional Center after 90 inmates tested positive for the virus.

According to a release by the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office, three inmates, six deputies and two contractors tested positive on November 12. The positive inmates were moved from quarantine to isolation, and all inmates in the known affected areas were quarantined and tested.

As of November 19, the 90 inmates who tested positive in that initial round of testing are being quarantined and monitored. The sheriff's office said that its infection rate is about 10 percent at this time, as the average daily population at the correctional center is 985 offenders.

The correctional center's entire inmate population and correctional staff members will be tested this week with the assistance of the Virginia Health Department.

This is a developing story.