SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Two Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) employees and two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

On April 1, Sheriff John Wilcher announced one of his staff members had contracted the disease and was isolated at home. He added that the employee had not had any contact with inmates.

A week later, CCSO said an inmate tested positive for the virus and was placed in a negative pressure isolation cell.

This week, the sheriff’s office announced a second inmate and a second employee also tested positive.

News 3 is told that the second employee has not been to any of CCSO’s facilities or had contact with any inmates or staff within the last 26 days. They remain isolated at home.

The second inmate, Wilcher said, was placed in quarantine due to possible exposure involving the first inmate case. They are now in isolation with 24-hour medical care.

“We are following the direction of the Georgia Department of Health and will quarantine all staff and inmates that may have been exposed,” Wilcher said.

He shared other ways the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is combatting coronavirus:

  • The temperature of potentially exposed inmates is taken twice per day.
  • Potentially exposed staffers will quarantine at home.
  • All inmates have immediate access to our 24-hour medical staff and facilities.
  • When an inmate is processed into the Chatham County Jail, a nurse conducts a health screen.
  • When an inmate is discharged from our jail, they receive a health screen and information regarding COVID-19.
  • CCSO is working with the judicial system to decrease our inmate population through the appropriate processing procedures.
  • We receive court orders dictating which inmates are discharged.

The detention center has also taken steps to reduce the inmate population, now at 1,220. Back in March, the sheriff said the jail held about 1,750 inmates.

“My priority as sheriff of Chatham County is the health and safety of our staff, inmates and everyone in our community,” Wilcher said. “We will continue to keep you informed with regular updates.