Inmate at Chesterfield Jail tests negative for COVID-19 after being monitored

Inmate at Chesterfield Jail tests negative for COVID-19 after being monitored
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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - Officials say a new inmate at the Chesterfield County Jail who was being monitored for COVID-19 has tested negative.

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office said a 56-year-old who was arrested over the weekend tested positive on May 5. The individual then went to the hospital on May 8 and was admitted, but was released on May 11 after their fever came down.

“Upon arriving at the Chesterfield County Jail all precautions were taken to isolate the individual by placement in one of the jail’s negative pressure rooms out of an abundance of caution since it was still inside the 14-day self-isolation period for the individual,” officials said.

The 14-day period ended on May 19 and the inmate was tested again. The negative results came back on May 21.

Officials said jail staff was wearing personal protective equipment when interacting with the inmate, as has been protocol for more than nine weeks.

Since the start of the pandemic, new inmates have been going through a screening process before being put in with the general population.

As of May 19, officials said there have been no positive cases for either inmates or deputies.

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