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Two more deputies and 8 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at El Paso County Sheriff's Office

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Posted at 7:04 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 21:04:31-04

EL PASO COUNTY — The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says in the past 24 hours two more deputies and eight inmates have lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. The deputies and inmates have been isolated and all employees and inmates, who have had direct or indirect contact, or other work-related contact have been contacted and/or notified.

On Monday, The El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three weeks.

The inmates identified were as a result of routine quarantine and testing prior to movement out to the Department of Corrections to carry out their sentence. The Department of Corrections requires two weeks of symptom checks and a COVID test prior to accepting any sentenced inmate. The sheriff's office has quarantined any other inmates housed with the positive inmates and will test any who are or become symptomatic. Currently, there are five wards quarantined.

The sheriff's office has identified staff members who have been in contact with COVID positive inmates and/or employees and determined an approximate onset time of exposure. The staff who are asymptomatic will quarantine for 14 days, be tested for COVID seven days from their date of exposure unless they develop symptoms sooner.