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Inmate at Brazos County Detention Center tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 3:37 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 16:37:25-04

An inmate at the Brazos County Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19.

On July 2, 2020, the Brazos County Detention was notified an inmate that had been transferred to another facility on June 26th tested positive for COVID 19, according to the Brazos County Sheriffs Office.

The inmate was asymptomatic and had been in custody since December 2019.

The dormitory where the inmate had been housed was placed on lockdown status and every inmate in the dormitory was asked to submit to testing. Fifty six inmates were tested and four refused. The inmates that refused were placed in medical isolation for observation.

On July 7, the results for 16 of the tests were received. Fifteen were negative and one was positive. The other test results are pending.

The inmate testing positive is non-symptomatic and has been placed in medical isolation for observation.

"Sheriff’s Office personnel continue to follow our infectious disease protocols. Our protocols include medical isolation and use of personal protective equipment," the statement said. "Sheriff’s Office personnel will continue to implement our response plan and take safety precautions for the duration of this arrestee’s detention. The Brazos County Health District will be notified prior to his release."

“For more than four months our primary objective has been to keep COVID 19 out of our jail. As the number of cases in the community has grown, we have seen an increase in the number of detention personnel on quarantine status and the number of new arrestees with exposure has increased. The identification of a positive case in the facility expands our primary objective to include isolation of the infection and providing necessary treatment in addition to our effort to prevent new exposures.”