Wake County Detention Center the site of new COVID-19 outbreak, health officials say

Wake County News

RALEIGH N.C. (WNCN) – Public health officials say the Wake County Detention Center is working to stop a COVID-19 outbreak in the jail.

The last outbreak occurred in August of last year when 21 inmates tested positive for the virus.

It is unclear whether any of the cases are the new Delta variant strain of COVID-19.

The staff members were unvaccinated.

Tonya Minggia, the health administrator for the Sheriff’s Office, said while the term “outbreak” can cause concern, there are no widespread cases currently in the jail.

“No other employees were tested besides those two because they have been out of work,” Minggia said. “It’s in good reason why people should want to know what’s going on but rest assured that every resident that comes into the jail, we do test, we do quarantine.”

In order to catch covid cases coming into the jail, deputies screen everyone being booked and asked if they’ve been vaccinated.

For those who have not been vaccinated, they will enter a two-week quarantine dorm and be tested for the virus.

The last outbreak at the jail occurred in August of last year when 21 inmates tested positive for the virus.

It is unclear whether any of the cases are the new Delta variant strain of COVID-19.

An outbreak is defined as two or more residents or employees who test positive for the virus, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Wake County public health recommends the facility follows NCDHHS guidelines which include:

  • Making sure staff wear personal protective equipment at all times
  • Restricting staff from working at different locations
  • Social distancing
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

More information on Covid-19 in Wake County can be found on their website.

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