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Seven inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Bell County Jail

Posted at 2:09 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 15:09:33-04

BELL COUNTY, TX — A total of 7 inmates at the Bell County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Bell County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Reinhard.

There are a total of 7 inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19, 1 of the 7 has recovered and the other 6 are currently being treated.

The Bell County Jail utilizes a third party medical vendor by the name of Wellpath, and all inmates are being monitored for symptoms at all times.

One way inmates are being monitored is by taking their temperatures.

When Wellpath comes to conclude that the symptomology is there for an inmate to be tested, that test is immediately given.

Areas within the jail are locked down in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid cross-contamination between inmates.

Inmates who are exposed to another inmate who has tested positive are monitored by Wellpath and locked down to prevent cross-contamination.

The inmate who tests positive for the virus is moved to a negative pressure cell and isolated from other inmates and treated by Wellpath.

There are portions of the Bell County jail that are currently on lockdown to prevent cross-contamination, but the entire jail is not on lockdown at this time.