Butte County Jail inmate tests positive for coronavirus; new cases bring county’s total to 44 – Chico Enterprise-Record
Four new cases of coronavirus were reported in Butte County on Friday — including one inside the Butte County Jail.
According to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the case “involves an individual who was recently arrested for serious crimes and booked into the jail.” The person was said to be asymptomatic for COVID-19 upon arriving at the jail, was screened as part of the jail’s established protocol and later housed within the facility.
The individual was housed for two days in a dormitory with 26 other inmates, the BCSO said in the release. On Friday, the individual complained of shortness of breath. Jail medical staff evaluated the inmate and decided to send the individual to an area hospital. A COVID-19 test was administered and came back positive. The individual was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition.
BCSO is working with Butte County Public Health to isolate, monitor and test the 26 inmates within the affected housing unit over the course of the next 14 days, the release said.
Monitoring and testing will include daily checks by medical staff. Professional cleaners are being brought in to clean the housing unit thoroughly and inmates are being provided appropriate personal protective equipmen. Testing and monitoring protocols for BCSO staff members have also been implemented in accordance with CDC guidelines for public safety employees.
“We take the health and well-being of our staff and the inmates in our care very seriously. Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the beginning