Western Tidewater Regional Jail officer tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 12:13 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 12:16:36-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - A Western Tidewater Regional Jail officer has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said.

On May 14 jail officials were notified that an officer tested positive for coronavirus. The officer worked last on May 7.

He was scheduled to work May 11 and 12 but was not feeling well so he called out sick, according to officials.

Regional jail officials notified the State Department and after assessing the situation they said the risk for exposures to others was low. They came to this conclusion due to the time of onset symptoms, use of a mask and other protective measures.

Anyone who has been in contact with the officer is being monitored, officials said.

All inmates in the area that the officer was assigned to have been re-screened and no inmates are symptomatic at this time.

In addition, staff members who worked closely with the officer will be tested as an extra precaution, although not required.

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