The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office learned that an inmate records specialist at the Pinellas County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19. The specialist last worked at the jail on May 28, 2020, and had not displayed any symptoms while at work.
Through daily staff assessments and screenings, two additional inmate records specialists were identified with symptoms and it was determined that those specialists may have had contact with the specialist that originally tested positive. These two additional specialists were tested and both have received positive results for COVID-19.
All three COVID-19 positive members work in the same area and on the same shift. The area where these employees work was immediately quarantined and the work space was thoroughly disinfected.
In addition to the inmate records specialists, a social worker at the jail and two detention deputies have also tested positive for COVID-19.
Due to possible inmate exposure, any inmates who may have had contact with the detention deputies have been quarantined and inmates with symptoms will be tested.
Nine inmates who were exposed to the social worker and/or showed symptoms have been tested and are in respiratory isolation pending their test results.
Further, on June 8, 2020, a law enforcement deputy assigned to the North District Station tested positive following a non-work related exposure while off duty. That member has also been quarantined.
The members have not returned to work since their exposures and will not return for the foreseeable future.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will continue with mitigation measures we have in place to ensure the safety of our members and inmates.
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