Second Inmate at Tehama County jail tests positive for COVID-19

Tehama County Health officials announced Tuesday afternoon a second inmate at the Tehama County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19.

Posted: Jul 23, 2020 10:34 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 12:00 AM

UPDATE: 5:08 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - Tehama County Health officials announced Tuesday afternoon a second inmate at the Tehama County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19.

The results came back after testing was done for the inmates and staff due to last week's positive case.

The inmate is a male in his 20’s and he was housed in a designated quarantine area in the jail, according to health officials. The inmate is currently in isolation in the jail and extra precautions have been put in place to mitigate the spread to staff or other inmates.

Public Health is currently in the midst of contact tracing and reaching out to test identified close contacts. Public Health’s investigation has revealed that both inmates appear to have had contact with positive COVID-19 cases prior to being booked into the jail.

All inmates are put on a 14-day quarantine when they first arrive in the jail where they are placed in a single cell away from other inmates for this very reason to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, according to the sheriff's office.

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TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - A Tehama County jail inmate has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Captain Dave Kain with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office says the inmate came in around the 13 of July.

Kain said the inmate is a man in his 20s and during the booking process, Kain says they noticed he had risk factors and they needed to screen him more. That is when the man went to the hospital.

"He was referred out to the Saint Elizabeth Hospital at which point he was tested for COVID-19 and precautions were put in place while he was returned to the custody of the jail," said Captain Kain.

The sheriff's office says they learned on July 21 the inmate was positive and he is being kept in isolation.

Tehama County Public Health says they are monitoring the inmate's status daily.

The jail currently is holding more than 100 inmates at this time.

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