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Pinellas Jail Deputy Tests Positive for COVID-19

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There is no indication anyone else at the jail is at risk, deputies say.

PINELLAS COUNTY – A deputy at the Pinellas County Jail has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office learned of the positive test Saturday (April 4). The deputy last worked at the jail March 19. The Florida Department of Health identified two days of concern where the deputy could have spread the virus.

The Department of Health identified the inmates and staff members the deputy came into contact with on the two days of concern. All inmates and staff who were identified were assessed and screened. None have symptoms.

Because the 14-day window has passed, deputies said there is no concern for those who came in contact with the infected deputy. According to the Health Department director, anyone the deputy contacted would have already shown signs and/or symptoms.

The deputy is recovering and will remain out of work for the foreseeable future.

There is no indication anyone else at the jail is at risk.

The sheriff’s office said it will continue with mitigation measures put in place to ensure the safety of staff and inmates.

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