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El Paso County Sheriff: 64 more inmates test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 1:10 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 21:29:45-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has updated information on an outbreak at the county jail. As of Thursday, another 64 inmates have now tested positive for COVID-19, with an additional eight testing positive earlier this week.

Accordingly, the sheriff's office states "we will be making significant adjustments to how we operate the facility to combat this outbreak. We will test and care for every employee and inmate, and provide the safest facility possible under these rapidly evolving conditions."

No inmates are hospitalized as a result of a positive test. Everyone in the facility, staff, and inmates, will now be tested for coronavirus. Furthermore, inmates are being issued personal protective equipment.

A total of eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three weeks. The employees who have been impacted have been contacted by the sheriff's office and "have either recovered and returned to work or are recovering and doing well."

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment defines an outbreak as two or more confirmed cases in the same facility within a 14-day period.