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Surry County Jail’s prisoner test was positive



Sheriff Steve Hiatt said an inmate at Surry County Prison in Dobson had tested positive for coronavirus. Hiatt said the prison-positive inmate is now away from all other prisoners and closely monitored by medical staff and prison staff. He said precautions are being taken and the facility is being continuously cleaned up. “Our staff will continue to monitor all inmates for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19,” Hiatt said. “Additionally, we are working closely with the Surry County Health Department on this situation.” Last Thursday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said it had completed a COVID-19 mass test at all prison facilities. Of the 29,062 prisoners examined, 61

9 tested positive. Officials say the positive rate of 2.1% is much lower than the prison systems in other states. People who test positive or are on medical quarantine or considered to have recovered under the guidelines of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to the 29,000 prisoners tested, NCDPS said an additional 1,600 inmates had been tested for the virus when they moved from county prisons to prisons in the past two months.

Sheriff Steve Hiatt said an inmate at Surry County Prison in Dobson had tested positive for coronavirus.

Hiatt said the prison-positive inmate is now away from all other prisoners and closely monitored by medical staff and prison staff.

He said precautions are being taken and the facility is being continuously cleaned up.

“Our staff will continue to monitor all inmates for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19,” Hiatt said. “Additionally, we are working closely with the Surry County Health Department on this situation.”

Last Thursday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said it had completed a COVID-19 mass test at all prison facilities.

Of the 29,062 prisoners tested, 619 tested positive.

Officials say the positive rate of 2.1% is much lower than the prison systems in other states. People who test positive or are on medical quarantine or considered to have recovered under the guidelines of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition to the 29,000 prisoners tested, NCDPS said an additional 1,600 inmates had been tested for the virus when they moved from county prisons to prisons in the past two months.


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