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Crowley County Correctional Facility reports 35 inmates test positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 4:06 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 18:41:12-04

CROWLEY COUNTY — According to the Otero County Health Department, 35 inmates at the Crowley County Correctional Facility (CCCF), in Olney Springs, have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon.

All 299 inmates have been tested for the virus.

The Otero County Health Department (OCHD), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and CCCF are now working together to contain the spread, and figure out the best course of action moving forward.

All positive inmates have been put in isolation, and the facility is currently on lock down. Only one pod has been contained in the facility.

According to a press release, an early investigation suggests that the majority of positive inmates were asymptomatic (were not showing any signs or symptoms).

The Otero County Health Department wants to let residents know that this is not an outbreak within the town and any more information about COVID-19 outbreaks can be found here.

As of Monday, May 4, Crowley County & Otero County have a combined total of 49 COVID-19 cases with 35 of those being in the prison. Crowley County has also had one death.