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Correctional officer at Bell County jail tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 10:11 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 14:59:33-04

BELL COUNTY, TX — The Bell County Sheriff's Department said a correctional officer has tested positive for COVID-19.

The officer contracted the virus through community spread, and at this time, there is no other COVID-19 cases within the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

In a press conference, it was announced that officials requested the Coronavirus task force team to test all inmates and staff in the jail.

It will take approximately 5 days to test the 1,000+ staff and inmates and more information will be available at a later time.