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Leon County Sheriff's Office vendor tests positive for COVID-19

Deputies and inmates have not tested positive
Posted at 9:06 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 21:06:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Leon County Sheriff’s Office reported that a vendor for the Leon County Detention Facility has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a prepared statement, officials said no Leon County correctional officers nor inmates are exhibiting symptoms or have tested positive for the virus at this time.

On Sunday, the Leon County Detention Facility was notified that a local vendor who serviced the facility on March 23, 26 and 27 has since tested positive for COVID-19.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office is taking protective measures.

Two employees who had contact with the vendor are self-isolating at home, with no symptoms.

Three inmates in the LCSO Work Camp program who had contact with the vendor, have been administered COVID-19 tests, with results pending.

Additional inmates, who shared a pod with the three inmates being tested, are undergoing temperature screenings, while being isolated from other inmates in the facility. Their test results are expected within the next 48-hours.

LCSO learned that the vendor traveled to the state of New York two days prior to his visit to the LCDF in March.

Department officials are working with the Florida Department of Health to monitor the situation and appropriate precautions are being taken.