108 inmates at Fresno County Jail test positive for COVID-19, officials say

A coronavirus outbreak at the Fresno County jail has grown as 108 inmates have tested positive for the virus, a spokesperson from the Fresno County Sheriff's Office announced on Thursday.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A coronavirus outbreak at the Fresno County jail has grown as 108 inmates have tested positive for the virus, a spokesperson from the Fresno County Sheriff's Office announced on Thursday.

The inmates have been moved to a special unit for COVID-19 patients within the jail, officials said.

Last week, the North Jail had been placed under quarantine after 13 inmates were found to have contracted the virus when they were transferred to a state prison facility in Wasco.

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Action News learned that not all the inmates in quarantine had been tested for the virus yet. The jail has acquired 1,200 test kits, but sources close to the situation say not all tests have been administered.

The Fresno County Jail is currently holding a little more than 2,300 inmates, meaning around half the population is currently under quarantine.

Earlier this week, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said the unit for inmates with coronavirus is in the main jail, and the inmates have been "color-coded" based on their symptoms and exposure to the virus and test results.

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On Wednesday, ABC30 learned of three correctional officers at the jail who have also tested positive for COVID-19.
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