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A Dozen Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19 in Noble County Jail

Rebecca Green

The Noble County Jail reported 12 inmates have contracted COVID-19 this week. Now, the sheriff’s department is following CDC guidelines to contain the spread.


The Noble County Health Department came in to test the staff and inmates on Tuesday and found 12 out of about 130 inmates were positive for COVID-19.


Noble County Sheriff Max Weber said this is the second time the jail has brought in a team to test, but that they try to test their staff and inmates regularly.


He said the jail has seen cases since the start of the pandemic in the spring.


“We’ve had employees on and off since the COVID crisis reared its ugly head and so that’s been on and off," Weber said." But this is the first time that we’ve actually had that many inmates that have actually tested positive.”


Weber said, of the 12 inmates that tested positive, only a few of them have shown any symptoms, such as headaches, coughs or fevers.


He said they’re working to comply with the CDC guidelines by isolating inmates who have tested positive separately from those who haven’t, disinfecting and having any employees who test positive quarantine.


Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.
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