Williamson County Sheriff's Office: 13 inmates, 8 staff members test positive for COVID-19

As of Aug. 6, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office reported that 13 inmates and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
As of Aug. 6, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office reported that 13 inmates and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

As of Aug. 6, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office reported that 13 inmates and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Thirteen Williamson County Sheriff’s Office inmates have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Aug. 6, as have eight staff members, according to a report by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Sixty-four inmates have been quarantined or isolated but are not active cases, and one more is quarantined pending test results, it said.


“The inmates infected are isolated away from the other inmates,” Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said. “We have been practicing quarantine for all inmates for 14 days since [the] pandemic started.”

On Aug. 6, all inmates were issued masks. Prior to that, masks were available for purchase through the inmate commissary, Chody confirmed.

WCSO reported its first confirmed cases of coronavirus July 19, Chody said.