RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – More than 100 inmates and staff at Wake County jail facilities have tested positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak that dates back “several months,” according to the sheriff’s office.
In total, 56 inmates at the Public Safety Center and 43 inmates at the Wake County Detention Center have tested positive for the virus. Additionally, 17 employees have had the virus, Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Eric Curry said.
All inmates who test positive are housed in isolation dorms. They are separated from general populations and placed in single cells.
“No one has ever faced something like this before,” Sheriff Gerald Baker said in a news release. “This pandemic has forced us to change our practices and policies constantly to ensure that we do our best to keep staff and residents safe from contracting this potentially deadly disease.”
Curry mentioned changes to protocols caused by the pandemic. They include quarantining new inmates, testing for employees and inmates, mask policies for staff and inmates, and thermoscans for visitors and employees entering facilities.