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Nurse at Las Colinas Detention Facility tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 22:35:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A nurse who works for the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department says.

According to the department, the nurse has been isolated at home. No other information was provided about the individual's condition at this time.

The department says it has identified inmates and staff who may have come into close contact with the nurse.

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"Following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no inmates who had contact with this nurse are currently in isolation," the department said.

A total of nine employees are considered at low exposure risk. All nine employees are currently under self-quarantine.

"The Sheriff's Department has implemented safeguards to ensure the health and well-being of employees. We have been providing comprehensive education to staff on how to reduce chances of exposure and infection. We are continually updating communications with employees to include the latest best practices for combating the virus through training bulletins, signage at Sheriff's facilities and daily updates via email. We have implemented social distancing, virtual meetings, working from home, as well as paused non-essential meetings, travel and training. We have hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes and disposable gloves readily available to employees," the department continued.

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No inmates have tested positive for coronavirus in San Diego County jails.