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Officer, employees and eight inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Hampton Roads Regional Jail

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Posted at 6:56 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:56:15-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Officials announced Friday that an officer employed at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail and two contract employees have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The officer has been self-quarantined at home since the onset of an elevated temperature. A part time contract employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and the facility was notified on Wednesday. A second contract employee has tested positive and the facility was notified Friday, according to officials.

As of Friday, a total of eight inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in isolation and are in good condition.

Officials said they are working with the Department of Health and a medical provider to get more testing kits. Currently they said the jail is only testing individuals that are symptomatic.

The Virginia Department of Health and HRRJ staff are monitoring all inmates and staff who recently had contact with the eight individuals currently in isolation.

All employees, visitors, and contractors entering the facility are required to have their temperatures taken prior to entry as a precautionary measure. If anyone has an elevated temperature, they are denied access.

Since mid -March, the Hampton Roads Regional Jail has continually been cleaning and sanitizing the facility to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health, they said.

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