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Media Release from May 5, 2020 at approximately 6:04 pmFlagstaff, AZ - As of May 3, 2020 the Coconino County Detention Facility in Flagstaff has two confirmed COVID-19 positive Detention Officers and as of May 5, 2020 has one confirmed COVID-19 positive inmate.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified on Sunday that one of our officers was confirmed positive for COVID-19. This officer developed signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 on Wednesday 4/29/20, and went home per existing protocols. This officer was able to get tested on Friday 5/1/20 and has remained away from work since Wednesday. Also, on Sunday we were notified by another officer who received notification of being confirmed positive for COVID-19. This officer was tested on 4/29/20 and has remained away from work per existing protocols.
On Monday morning, 5/4/20, the Sheriff’s Office reached out to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department to begin the collaborative efforts to work on identifying individuals who would have had close contact with the officers and to also set up testing of all Detention Employees and those Sheriff’s Office employees that had regular business inside the Detention Facility. On Tuesday morning, 5/5/20, we began testing our staff and will continue to do so until everyone assigned or regularly enters the facility has been tested. Simultaneously, HHS is working with our two employees infected to create a timeline of close contact with other individuals including the inmates in our facility to work through the process of preventing or limiting the spread of the virus.
Today at 3:30PM, we received notification, that an inmate in our custody has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. This inmate was booked into the facility on 4/29/20, while being processed in the booking area, the individual complained of a cough, so the inmate was isolated and housed alone consistent with our current protocols. This inmate had been isolated and signs and symptoms were being monitored daily. The inmate was tested yesterday and has remained in isolation the entire time in custody. Our medical staff will continue to monitor the inmate’s health and provide the necessary treatment while the individual remains in our facility.
As of two weeks ago, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control, we began a 14-day quarantine of all new arrested individuals booked into the Detention Facility. Those individuals will remain separated from our general population and closely monitored for any signs or symptoms related to COVID-19. If no symptoms are exhibited after the 14-day quarantine, then the individual will be placed in general population.
Also, as of today’s date, our average daily population has been reduced by over 50% with a current population of 235 inmates. We are appreciative of the collaborative efforts by the local Law Enforcement Agencies, the Courts, the County Attorney’s office and the Detention Facility to help reduce the jail population of non-violent offenders which has significantly helped with the mitigation efforts to reduce the exposure of the COVID-19 virus in the Detention Facility.
As of today, these are the only confirmed COVID-19 positive Sheriff employees and inmates in our Flagstaff Facility.
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