JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A total of 178 Duval County inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Saturday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.
Of those cases, 37 were reported within 24 hours.
According to figures released Sunday by the Sheriff’s Office, 2,887 tests were completed, bringing the percentage of positive cases to 6.16%.
The Sheriff’s Office said that all inmates at the three Department of Corrections facilities have been screened or rejected a test, and all new inmates will be screened as they enter.
The Jacksonville Community Action Committee requires biweekly sanitation reports on what is being done to stop the spread of the virus, regular testing for staff and inmates, and the release of nonviolent offenders with compromised immune systems.
Members of the City Council told News4Jax that the jail is doing its best to handle the cases, despite increasing numbers.
The first cases of coronavirus in prison were reported on June 21.
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