Chatham County sheriff: 13 staffers, 1 inmate positive for COVID-19

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Thirteen Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) staff members and one inmate are COVID-19 positive at this time.

Since April 1, Sheriff John Wilcher says of the 780 inmates tested for COVID-19, nine have returned positive, 637 negative and 43 are pending. Eight inmates have recovered from the virus.

One inmate remains positive for the virus, Wilcher said Wednesday. They are housed in medical.

It’s unclear if the inmate arrived at the Chatham County Detention Center with COVID-19 or contracted it at the jail.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, all arrestees are isolated for two weeks after booking and a negative test is required before they move into the jail’s general population. Inmates are also issued two masks and must wear one outside the cell.

Meanwhile, the positive cases among staff members have increased from eight (reported on Aug. 4) to 13. All are isolated at home.

To date, 133 staffers have undergone coronavirus testing. Eighteen have tested positive, 108 negative, and seven are pending. Five staff members have recovered from the disease.

The sheriff’s office requires two negative tests, a minimum of 24-hours apart before the staffer or inmate is confirmed recovered from COVID-19.

“CCSO is working to maintain a safe and healthy environment for inmates, staff and our community,” a statement from the sheriff’s office reads.

For details on CCSO’s pandemic procedures, visit here.

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