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59 inmates at Grayson County Jail test positive for COVID-19

11 inmates have active cases of COVID-19
Published: Jun. 24, 2020 at 6:22 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office says as of Wednesday, a total of 59 inmates at the jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday last week, the jail reported 47 inmates had the virus.

Capt. Sarah Bigham with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said after testing 376 inmates, cycling in and out of jail, that number went up to 59.

Officials said since they began testing last week, there are 11 inmates with active cases.

“Inmates that are still positive are being isolated from the general public, so no new inmates are going into those areas and no inmates are leaving from those areas, unless it’s to be released,” said Bigham.

Capt. Bigham said inmates who tested positive are released when they’ve served their time, even if they’re still positive.

With 363 inmates, they’re nearing capacity and can’t refuse entry of new inmates.

“We’re doing our best to use screening procedures and to evaluate them (inmates) with our medical staff, to determine whether they need to be isolated or not, based on who they’ve been in contact with on the outside world,” said Bigham.

The facility also has 14 staff members who have tested positive.

Capt. Bigham said they have been calling in patrol deputies to help staff the jail.

”Our regular patrol deputies are gonna be assisting us in the jail, but investigators are going to be stepping in to help our patrol deputies, so it’s all happening here within the sheriff’s department, so the public isn’t going to see much change in what they see every day, it’s just that our investigators are going to be taking a different role,” Bigham said.

Bigham said the jail is nearing capacity, with 363 inmates being housed.

She said they are beginning the steps in sending inmates to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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