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4 San Diego Sheriff's Department employees, inmate test positive for coronavirus

Posted at 1:39 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 18:01:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A San Diego County inmate has tested positive for coronavirus, the sheriff's department said Friday.

According to the department, the inmate was booked into sheriff's custody on March 30 for domestic violence charges. The department was informed on April 2 of the positive test.

The individual was given a face mask because he was showing flu-like symptoms. He was later placed in isolation and has been there ever since.

"Since it was recognized up front the inmate might be ill and precautions were taken, the risk to Sheriff's staff and other inmates was minimized," the department said. "Inmates who may have had contact with the affected inmate have been identified and isolated as a precaution."

Sheriff's department staff who may have been exposed are currently in isolation.

The department says, unrelated to the inmate testing positive, four department employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

"All of these employees are doing fine and Sheriff's Medical Liaison Unit is following up with their progress," the department added.