Montgomery County inmate tests positive for coronavirus

Six jail employees who had contact with the inmate have been sent home for self-quarantine. (Courtesy Pexels)
Six jail employees who had contact with the inmate have been sent home for self-quarantine. (Courtesy Pexels)

Six jail employees who had contact with the inmate have been sent home for self-quarantine. (Courtesy Pexels)

A Montgomery County Jail inmate has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a news release from the sheriff's department. All Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office jail staff and inmates are now required to wear masks.

The woman, who is in her 20s, received a positive test result for COVID-19 on April 3, according to the release. The inmate was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on October 27, 2019 on numerous charges of felony burglary and felony evading.


The inmate, who was pregnant, was transported to a local hospital March 31 so labor could be induced, but during the delivery, medical personnel noted an elevated temperature. As a precaution, the inmate was placed in isolation; tests were then conducted, producing a confirmed positive test result for COVID-19, according to the news release.

Six jail employees who had contact with the inmate have been sent home for self-quarantine but show no symptoms at the time the news release was published. The sheriff’s office is working with Montgomery County Public Health to identify additional employees who may have had close contact with the diagnosed inmate so that they can take necessary precautions, including a 14-day home quarantine and testing for those with symptoms.

"We have and will continue to screen all inmates, employees and visitors to the jail for temperature and symptoms prior to entering the jail," the news release stated. "New arriving inmates are still being quarantined for 14 days before they are placed in general population housing."
By Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


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