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36 inmates at Douglas County Dept. of Corrections test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 23:57:03-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Department of Corrections has announced the results of coronavirus testing after a number of inmates were tested.

Douglas County officials learned that 36 of the 41 incarcerated individuals in a housing unit have tested positive for the virus.

The cases come after a contractor at the facility tested positive for the virus last week.

Two of those who worked along with the contractor also tested positive.

“Most of the individuals are asymptomatic at this time, but we are closely monitoring everyone,” said Mike Myers, director of Douglas County Department of Corrections. “We are hopeful that our strict cohorting process will contain the outbreak to this particular housing unit.”

Inmates with medical conditions or those who require medication were transferred to the COVID-19 quarantine unit. Others will remain in their housing unit.

Since the start of the pandemic, 23 employees and one contractor at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19 while 50 incarcerated individuals have tested positive.