Hampton Roads Regional Jail inmate tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 8:41 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 08:41:40-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - An inmate at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail is now in medical isolation after testing positive for coronavirus, according to a release by the jail.

On Friday evening, an inmate suffering from flu-like symptoms with an elevated temperature was removed from general population and placed in a medical isolation room for observation. A COVID-19 test was administered, and the results came back positive on Saturday afternoon.

According to the jail, the inmate will remain in medical isolation until cleared to return to general population.

As a precautionary measure, the inmate's housing unit is now on quarantine for 14 days, and all individuals are under continuous monitoring by medical staff.

A small number of staff that have interacted with this individual are now self-quarantining at home out of an abundance of caution. All employees, visitors and contractors entering the facility are required to have their temperatures taken prior to entry.

No employee or contractor has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

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

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