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Arrestee enters Leon County Jail COVID-19 positive

Posted at 11:20 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 11:20:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — The Leon County Sheriff's Office says an individual that is COVID-19 positive has been booked at the Leon County Jail.

According to LCSO, the Leon County Detention Facility booked an arrestee who disclosed to arresting officers they had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 around 4 a.m. on June 19.

After being booked, the inmate was immediately placed in a quarantine pod with no access or contact with any other current inmates.

Authorities say the inmate was processed and released after first appearance, approximately eight hours after booking.

During the booking process and awaiting first appearance, LCDF staff followed all necessary infectious disease protocols while handling the arrestee, including wearing face masks and gloves.

All surfaces and areas where the arrestee was located were cleansed and disinfected, according to LCSO.

LCDF staff continues to temperature scan all individuals entering the facility, to monitor for any possible infections. Staff are also required to wear masks in all booking areas.

In addition, all arrestees entering the facility are required to take a COVID-19 test or be housed in the quarantine pod for 14 days for observation.

An arrestee that agrees to a test can be released from the quarantine pod prior to 14 days following two negative test results.