Sheriff: 14 Fulton jail inmates have contracted COVID-19

Nine Fulton County Jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan confirmed Monday.

Fourteen men have been infected with the disease caused by the coronavirus since last Monday, when the first case was announced. That inmate was hospitalized but all subsequent cases are being treated inside the jail.

“They are in isolation with around the clock care,” Flanagan said.

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Flanagan said four inmates who tested positive before the weekend are showing signs of improvement.

No jail personnel have tested positive for the disease, Flanagan said.

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“Sheriff Ted Jackson is very grateful to our medical services provider NaphCare and the medical team members at the jail for their dedicated service,” she said. “The sheriff is also thankful for the dedicated Fulton County Sheriff’s Office staff members who working in these extraordinary times especially those deputies and detention officers assigned to the area where the coronavirus patients are in isolation. Those employees are coming to work, taking precautions, and their commitment is admirable.”

In an effort to curb the spread of the disease, inmate visitation has been limited to video. And everyone who enters the jail, including employees, has their temperature taken.

The jail had released 33 non-violent offenders to mitigate overcrowding, Flanagan said.

“There are plans to review more files to determine if other non-violent offenders can be granted an early release,” she said.