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At Least 20 Duval County Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19

A view of the Duval County Jail in Downtown Jacksonville.
Bob Self
Florida Times-Union file photo
A view of the Duval County Jail in Downtown Jacksonville.

At least 20 inmates at a correctional facility linked to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office have tested positive for COVID-19, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the first of these positive tests involved two inmates on Friday. JSO also said that inmates and employees were exposed Friday to a contract employee who also tested positive for the disease.

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Then, on Sunday, JSO said it was told of 18 additional positive tests among inmates, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

The Sheriff’s Office described “most” of the patients as asymptomatic, but said that confirmed symptoms have included fever and body aches. It’s not clear how many of these inmates have reported symptoms.

The Sheriff’s Office said that all inmate movement will be “kept to a minimum” as a precaution, and that newly-arrested inmates will be tested upon entry or quarantined for 14 days.

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