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Middle River Regional Jail officer tests positive for COVID-19; 7 inmates test negative

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 12:03 PM EDT
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — Middle River Regional Jail (MRRJ) in Augusta County has reported that an officer has tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to a press release from the facility, MRRJ was notified on Monday that a transportation officer had tested positive for COVID-19. The last inmate transport conducted by the officer was Thursday, Oct. 22, where the officer transported inmates from Harrisonburg/Rockingham Jail to MRRJ.

By Friday night, jail officials said seven inmates tested negative for COVID-19.

According to a press release earlier this week, the officer had the inmates wear a mask and that the officer wore a mask. The second officer in the vehicle also wore a mask.

The officer who tested positive also supervised an outside inmate work detail on Thursday.

MRRJ says that the officer is self-isolating at home, as well as the second officer that was in the vehicle for Thursday’s inmate transport.

The housing unit where the work detail lived was placed on quarantine to limit inmate movement throughout the facility, as well as two housing units that the inmates transferred from Harrisonburg/Rockingham were being housed. By Friday night, the housing unites returned to normal operation.

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