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After Summit County Jail reports first COVID-19 case, testing reveals more than a dozen more

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 15:53:03-05

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — The Summit County Jail has confirmed an inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday—making it the first case in the jail since the onset of the pandemic, according to a statement from Inspector William Holland of the sheriff’s department. But after testing the jail population, there are now 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The inmate tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, and since then, contact tracing, testing and safety precautions have begun.

Since March, staff at the jail followed specific precautions to limit the spread of the virus such as screening each person during the booking process and keeping them separate from the rest of the jail population for their first 14 days in the facility.

Remote court appearances have been conducted whenever possible.

"Jail personnel will continue working with Summit County Public Health to minimize risk, mitigate harm, and ensure the safety of jail staff and inmates," said Holland.

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