County jail inmate tests positive for coronavirus

Published Wed, Mar 25, 2020 (12:05 p.m.)

Updated Wed, Mar 25, 2020 (2:42 p.m.)

An inmate who spent about 11 days at the county jail has tested positive for the coronavirus, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said today.

The inmate was taken to University Medical Center after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and was still hospitalized, Lombardo said.

Two other inmates also showed symptoms of the disease, Lombardo said, but no information was provided about their status.

To mitigate the spread of the virus, police are limiting the number of inmates booked at the jail. Metro has temporarily stopped arresting people on traffic and child-support warrants, and officers are using their discretion on making misdemeanor arrests, except for domestic violence and DUI cases, Lombardo said.

There have been no confirmed coronavirus cases within Metro’s ranks, but 28 employees are in self-isolation as a result of possible exposure to the virus or a travel history that could have put them at risk, Lombardo said. The agency employs about 6,000 people.

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