CLEARWATER, FL — Coronavirus cases have gone up at the Pinellas County Jail as more employees have recently tested positive, and possibly infected inmates.
An inmate records specialist at the jail who last worked on May 28 has tested positive for coronavirus, a news release said. This employee may have had close contact with two other inmate record specialists through daily work activities, and they have also tested positive. The initial employee didn't show symptoms, however the other two did show signs of the respiratory disease.
Pinellas County Jails said that the area where these employees work was immediately quarantined and the work space was thoroughly disinfected.
A social worker and two detention deputies have also tested positive.
Due to possible inmate exposure, any inmates who may have had contact with the detention deputies have been quarantined, and inmates with symptoms are to 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.
On June 8, an officer assigned to the North District Station tested positive following a non-work related exposure while off duty. They have also been quarantined.
The members have not returned to work since their exposures, and will not return for the foreseeable future, said police. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will continue with mitigation measures they have in place to ensure the safety of employees and inmates.