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Employee at Apalachee Correctional Institution tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 17:31:07-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Department of Corrections confirms that an employee at the Apalachee Correctional Institution in Jackson County has tested positive for coronavirus.

Across the state, 11 employees at Florida's correctional facilities have tested positive for COVID-19. Apalachee CI's first case was reported in the FDOC's Monday afternoon report.

"In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, FDC will not identify the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities. Staff listed above may be employed by FDC or one of its contractors," officials wrote in a statement.

So far, Jackson County has two confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The first was a travel-related cases involving a 33-year-old man who lives out of state. The second case, which was reported on Sunday, involves a 28-year-old woman with an unknown travel history.

Any correctional employee who is symptomatic, or who has tested positive for COVID-19, will not be allowed to go back to work until a full recovery is documented by a medical professional and DOH and CDC guidelines are followed.

If an inmate shows symptoms of COVID-19, medical staff will place the inmate in medical isolation, pending DOH testing.