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Additional COVID-19 results reported at Walton Co. Jail

Additional COVID-19 test results have come back at the Walton County Jail.
Additional COVID-19 test results have come back at the Walton County Jail.(WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 2:46 PM CDT
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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - A second round of COVID-19 test results have come back from Florida Department of Health.

The first round of test results reported Wednesday revealed 38 positive cases and 20 negative results. These latest results indicate 20 additional positive tests and one negative test.

Of the 20 positive tests, eight are Walton County inmates and 12 are Escambia County inmates.

“We are pleased to report that as of this morning NO inmates have temperatures above the alert threshold (100.3F) in our affected pods,” said Sheriff Adkinson. “This is great news as we continue to monitor the health of inmates and staff.”

Another 10 results are still pending at this time. The total number of inmates tested so far is 89.

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ORIGINAL STORY: July 8, 2020

Results have returned for inmates tested for COVID-19 at the Walton County Jail.

Wednesday, jail administrators received the first round of test results for 58 inmates. Those results revealed 38 positive cases and 20 negative results.

Of those 38 positive cases, 19 are Walton County inmates, 18 are Escambia County housed inmates, and one is a Holmes County inmate.

At this time, 38 test results are still pending results from Florida Department of Health.

Wednesday morning, based on previous health conditions and symptoms exhibited at the jail, the Chief Health Officer made the decision to have one inmate transported to a local hospital.

“We have set our plan in motion to isolate and contain the spread inside our facility,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This protocol has been vetted to maintain the care and control of inmates while also protecting our staff.”

On Thursday, July 2nd, a male inmate was identified as having a temperature higher than the alert threshold (100.4°F) set in place by WCSO’s Incident Action Plan. This prompted immediate temperature testing of the entire inmate population.

Since that time, each inmate exhibiting symptoms has been monitored by medical staff and movement has been restricted inside the jail. All inmates have been issued protective face coverings and staff are taking additional precautions while working in affected housing areas.

“Now that we have results, we will continue our mission to care for each inmate based on his or her health needs while making sure our staff continues to have adequate personal protection equipment,” said Adkinson.

Thursday, Walton County Sheriff’s Office will be setting up a hotline for inmate families to call for information.

“We anticipated and prepared for this scenario,” said Sheriff Adkinson. “Now we are executing that plan.”

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