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Four inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Bell County Jail

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Posted at 1:56 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 15:04:49-04

BELL COUNTY, TX — Bell County Judge David Blackburn has announced 4 inmates in the Bell County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

On May 20th, patient 0 arrived at the Bell County Jail and was housed in sub-pod B1A.

Patient 0 went through the regular screening process and demonstrated no symptoms, according to Bell County officials.

On May 29, patient 0 was moved to quarantine after the inmate advised jail staff that he had a conversation with a family member who told him he had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

On June 3rd, the Bell County Jail's healthcare provider recommended to send the inmate to Baylor Scott & White, where their COVID-19 diagnosis was confirmed. Patient 0 did not need to be admitted. The inmate was brought back to the jail and placed in quarantine.

On June 3rd, the B1A pod, where patient 0 was placed, began regular temperature checks and are being monitored.

Shortly after, Bell County says 2 more inmates, who were housed in the same pod, reported fevers.

On June 8, another inmate demonstrated symptoms and was also tested. All the inmates were housed in the same pod.

Those cases were confirmed on June 11.

The positive inmates remain in quarantine, and the B1 unit is in lock down.

There are 706 inmates at the Bell County Jail, 216 in the B unit, 108 in B1, and 26 inmates in B1A, according to Bell County officials.

Bell County says they are testing inmates that are symptomatic and the 4 confirmed cases are the ones who've been tested as of now.