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Douglas County Department of Corrections reports COVID uptick

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Posted at 7:47 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 23:31:53-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Department of Corrections reported an uptick in coronavirus cases among staff and the jail population on Tuesday.

Officials say 12 staff members have tested positive in the past week. Since Dec. 1, 10 incarcerated individuals have tested positive.

Four of the 29 housing units are currently on quarantine due to positive cases in those units.

Fourteen staff members are currently unable to work due to coronavirus.

The recent spike, while concerning to jail officials, is still below what the department was experiencing a few months ago.

Since the start of the pandemic in March, a total of 164 employees and 100 incarcerated individuals have tested positive for the virus.

Douglas County Corrections has about 500 employees, and houses over 1,200 inmates.

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