In a Facebook post on their official page, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Matthew Wade said that he was notified on Friday that a patrol deputy had tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been in the jail. There are three other employees that are self quarantined awaiting test results.
This is the first person at the Sheriff’s Office to test positive. At this point, no Inmate has tested positive for Covid19 while in custody.
In March, Sheriff Wade made changes to policies that focused on medical screenings of all individuals brought to the county jail, stringent cleaning of the jail, and providing personal protective equipment to employees and inmates.
While the jail has not had a positive Covid19 case, it is a virus. Which means it can be introduced into the jail in many different ways. Jail staff will continue to work hard to keep the jail as disinfected as possible using every method possible.
Due to the deputy’s positive status, the command staff met in order to make some proactive changes to ensure any employee that had contact with the exposed deputy will not be allowed to work or have contact with the public.
Sheriff Wade said that he will continue to work diligently to care for the citizens, inmates, and employees.