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Two sheriff's office employees hospitalized, over 900 inmates with COVID-19

Posted at 12:56 PM, Nov 10, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — As the El Paso County Sheriff's Office sees more cases of COVID-19 spread throughout the jail, two employees have been hospitalized due to the virus.

The sheriff's office confirmed to News5 Tuesday that two employees are currently in the hospital. Thelatest numbers from the sheriff's office state there are currently 73 staff and 911 inmates with lab-confirmed cases as of Monday.

Since Friday, the number of inmates with the virus has jumped from 649 to 911 cases as more results come in.

According to the EPCSO, on Nov. 1, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment deployed a rapid response team comprised of Colorado National Guard soldiers to facilitate widespread testing of inmates at the El Paso County Jail.

To combat the rampant spread of COVID-19, the sheriff’s office said it has implemented some very restrictive housing measures. Test results are used to implement appropriate isolation and cohort recommendations quickly.

At this time, there are no reported hospitalizations of inmates by the sheriff's office.

Nearly 700 inmates at El Paso County Jail test positive for COVID-19

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