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OUTBREAK AT GUILFORD JAIL

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that 26 inmates in one housing pod at the Guilford County Detention Center in Greensboro have tested positive for COVID-19. Last week, three residents began showing symptoms of a fever. Those inmates were immediately quarantined, monitored, and tested for COVID-19. The test results for those three initial inmates came back positive, which prompted the testing of the remainder of the residents in that housing pod. At approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the test results were received and showed that 23 additional inmates had tested positive. All 23 were showing no symptoms on Wednesday and were being monitored by medical personnel.There was no indication that this exposure spread beyond that one pod, the sheriff’s office said. Working with both the Guilford County Health Department and Emergency Management, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office has formulated a plan to quickly test the rest of the Greensboro Detention Center inmates as well as all employees. There are also plans to test all residents and staff of the High Point Detention facility in the near future, the sheriff’s office said.