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Prisoner tests positive for COVID-19 at Woodman State Jail

Posted at 2:37 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 15:50:54-04

GATESVILLE, TX — A female prisoner at the Woodman State Jail in Gatesville has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

This brings the total number of positive cases in Coryell County to 5, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Harrell.

According to a post made on April 3, an offender at the Woodman State Jail in Gatesville tested positive for COVID-19.

The woman was suffering from shortness of breath on April 2 and was taken to an outside hospital, TDCJ said. The woman was placed in medical isolation and was tested at the hospital. The test returned positive.

The Woodman State Jail is a women's prison, according to the TDCJ's website.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says they are constantly receiving updated information regarding testing and results of offenders, agency and contract employees as well as medical partners.

In all, there have been 18 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 4 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The agency is taking appropriate action to mitigate the potential exposure to others including following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for management of COVID-19 in correctional facilities.