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Lorain County sheriff confirms first inmate case of COVID-19 at jail

The Lorain County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 8:39 AM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 08:44:09-04

LORAIN, Ohio — The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division has confirmed that an inmate tested positive for COVID-19, according to a release.

On June 27, Lorain police arrested a man for a misdemeanor offense of Obstructing Official Business. When he was admitted to the jail, the inmate did not show any signs of COVID-19, but, on the third day, medical staff noticed symptoms.

The jail said all newly incarcerated inmates are re-screened for COVID-19 symptoms twice each day for 14 consecutive days.

Later in the day, the Lorain County Public Health Department advised the sheriff’s office that the inmate had tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the inmate was granted a personal bond at his court appearance. Upon his release, he agreed to go to the hospital for observation, as recommended by medical staff.

The sheriff’s office said as of Wednesday no jail staff has reported any COVID-19 symptoms.

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