Will County Sheriff's Office says inmate tests negative for coronavirus

Andrew Cummings
April 5, 2020

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter made the announcement during a news conference on Thursday.

The deputy is now self-isolating and all family members have been quarantined. They went to the hospital and was told he was presumptive positive for COVID-19. "I also want to thank Sheriff Bianco and all our law enforcement partners for their dedicated service during this pandemic and for enforcing these orders to keep our residents and essential workers safe."Residents should not call 9-1-1 to report groups of people who are not at an essential business".

"While more and more Riverside County residents are getting COVID-19, not everybody's getting the message", Dr. Kaiser is quoted saying in the release.

Riverside County's public health officer on Saturday ordered all residents to cover their faces when leaving home, marking a dramatic escalation by county officials in their attempts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

No inmates have tested positive for the virus. That person had symptoms of the disease when booked into jail, but is no longer experiencing symptoms. The facility can hold roughly 1,406 inmates.

It's unclear if Hopkins was tested for coronavirus and if those results came back. There are 575 single beds, meaning most of the inmates are in bunks or in a dormitory where the beds are a few feet apart - less than the recommended social distancing of 6 feet.

"The current belief of the Sheriff's Office is that we do not have any cases in the jail, and we have 24/7 immediate medical coverage right on site", the Sheriff's Office said in a release.

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