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Two PCJ inmates test positive for COVID19

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Two inmates at the Porter County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police is reporting.

Both are “currently in stable condition” and “have been quarantined in medical isolation within the facility,” the PCSP said in a statement released after deadline on Monday.

No staff members have tested positive.

“It is unknown how the inmates contracted the virus and that is currently under investigation,” the PCSP said. “Both inmates were living in the same population area. Inmates who were previously housed in the same living quarters as the subjects were placed on quarantine status and are being monitored 24/7 by staff. The housing area was immediately sanitized and is continually being sanitized twice daily.”

In addition, 15 other inmates were tested for COVID-19 on Monday by an Indiana State Department of Health strike team.

“The health and safety of our public, inmates, and staff are our first priorities,” the PCSP. “We want to assure the community that our jail has been preparing for the virus since the pandemic was declared approximately four weeks ago. If you have a family member or loved one who works at our office or is temporarily living in our facility, know that we are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus. We are working with the Porter County Health Department and local officials through this process.”



Posted 4/14/2020




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