The DeKalb jail reported several cases of COVID-19 among inmates and staff when the virus first hit. It has taken steps to screen inmates for symptoms and previously released over 100 people from the jail on bonds to reduce crowds. The jail can typically hold up to 3,800 inmates.
The sheriff’s office requires inmates to wear masks when out of their cells, officials said earlier this year. It previously received a shipment of masks from the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency.
“While there has been a shift in focus to systemic racism and the need for police reform, the world’s health crisis is still a present and deadly threat,” Bryant said in a statement before the event.
Bryant took the reins at New Birth, which is located in Stonecrest, in 2018, following the death of Bishop Eddie L. Long and, later, the resignation of his successor.
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