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LCSO: Three Leon County inmates test negative for COVID-19

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 10:25:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL) — Authorities say COVID-19 tests that were administered to three Leon County inmates have returned with negative results.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office initially reported that a vendor for the Leon County Detention Facility tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

Out of an abundance of caution, LCSO took safety measures immediately.

Three inmates in the LCSO Work Camp program who had contact with the vendor were tested for coronavirus.

Also, two employees who had contact with the vendor were directed to self-isolate at home.

While taking necessary safety precautions in the facility, detention center authorities received notification from health officials that the COVID-19 tests administered to three inmates returned with negative results on Tuesday evening.

Authorities say quarantines for these inmates, and inmates in their pod, are in the process of being lifted at this time.

LCSO says two detention facility employees, who continue to exhibit no symptoms, will remain in self-isolation and will be able to return to duty after the 14-day quarantine period.

In addition, detention facility officials will continue to adhere to health department guidelines following this incident.

LCSO also stated that "We encourage anyone within our facilities to report any possible COVID-19 exposure or symptoms immediately to health or medical professionals."