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RSW Regional Jail confirms ongoing COVID-19 outbreak

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Published: May. 26, 2020 at 5:07 PM EDT
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UPDATE (May 27):

RSW Regional Jail, in the town of Front Royal inside Warren County, has confirmed more cases of COVID-19.

The jail had its first case of the novel coronavirus last Thursday. By Tuesday, they reported 15 positive tests for the virus, and by Wednesday, that number had gone up to 18.

According to a public statement by the jail. all 18 cases have been identified among inmates at the facility. No staff members have tested positive at this point.

Officials say there are additional tests pending at Virginia's state lab.

The Lord Fairfax Health District, which has identified 16 COVID-19 outbreaks with 385 associated cases, has one outbreak listed at a correctional facility, which likely corresponds to the RSW Regional Jail outbreak.

RSW Regional Jail, which opened in 2014, serves Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties.

In the Shenandoah Valley, an outbreak was also identified earlier in the pandemic

, where 25 offenders and 1 staff member tested positive.

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The jail that serves much of the northern Shenandoah Valley has confirmed at least 17 cases of COVID-19 inside their facility.

The RSW Regional Jail announced on Tuesday that 15 people within the facility have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Officials did not clarify how many of the 17 were offenders and how many were staff. The first positive case at the jail was identified last Thursday.

The jail says they're working with the Virginia Department of Health on recommendations to move forward and will provide updates as they learn more.

The Lord Fairfax Health District, which has identified 16 COVID-19 outbreaks with 385 associated cases, has one outbreak listed at a correctional facility, which likely corresponds to the RSW Regional Jail outbreak.

RSW Regional Jail, which opened in 2014, serves Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties.

As a local jail, their case numbers are not listed in the Virginia Department of Corrections'

, which has listed 1,141 total cases among Virginia inmates within their system as of May 26.

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