Inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Contra Costa County jail

Inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Contra Costa County jail
Martinez Detention Facility (Google images)

An inmate booked into custody at the Martinez Detention Facility on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19, the county announced today. The inmate, who is in stable condition, is in isolation and the county says there is minimal risk of infecting others at the jail.

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) is now doing a “contact tracing” investigation to identify close contacts of the inmate so they can be placed under quarantine and/or tested.

Since mid-March, CCHS has been testing people with symptoms booked into the jail. The protocol has those who test positive put into clinical isolation, while all other inmates are placed in a 14-day quarantine and screened for symptoms twice daily, County officials said. Recently, CCHS has expanded testing to include proactive testing of inmates without symptoms. To date, 53 tests have been performed in the jail, the county said.

As of Tuesday, there were 969 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 related deaths, according to CCHS. Twenty confirmed cases are currently in the hospital. Over 15,000 people have been tested for the virus in the county.

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