Over 40 COVID-19 cases reported at the Warren County Jail

Over 40 percent of the current population of the Warren County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19.

Most recent data available from the jail from Tuesday indicates that 45 of 106 inmates had tested positive. None have been hospitalized and no fatalities have resulted from these cases.

“We’ve followed recommendations by the DOC (Department of Corrections), the director of Public Safety and our infectious disease specialist,” Warden Jon Collins said. “I feel our staff and medical department have done a fantastic job to mitigate the spread.”

Currently, according to Collins, one female and two male housing units have been designated “red,” indicating positive tests. One each are in “yellow” for possible exposure while two male housing units are currently identified as “green,” meaning that the inmates there tested negative and have not exhibited any symptoms.

“We test all inmates periodically in accordance to the specified time frame and will continue to do so as needed to stay on top of these efforts,” Jonie Smitley, the county’s infectious disease nurse explained.

See Thursday’s Times Observer for a full story.


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