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UPDATE: 28 Dubuque County jail inmates test positive for COVID-19

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UPDATE: The Dubuque County Sheriff's says 4 more inmates in the Dubuque County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Wednesday, 28 inmates have tested positive for the virus. So far, no staff members have tested positive.


UPDATE: On Tuesday, the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says 24 more inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

Last Friday, June 19th, the office was notified of one inmate testing positive, which prompted testing of inmates and staff. So far, no staff have tested positive for the virus. A news release from the sheriff's office says "exhaustive efforts" were made to get samples from all staff and inmates that night.

Those 24 inmates have been placed in medical segregation and will be treated by jail nursing staff.

It's not clear how state health officials define an outbreak in a jail, but within a long term care facility its when 3 or more residents test positive for COVID-19. There doesn't appear to be any specific information regarding inmates on Iowa's COVID-19 dashboard.


ORIGINAL STORY: DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office is reporting that inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

On June 10th, 2020, the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office sent 5 inmates to the Iowa Medical Classification Center (IMCC) in Coralville. All 5 inmates were tested for coronavirus before being transported and the results came back negative.

Today, the Sheriff's Office has discovered that 3 of the 5 inmates tested positive while incarcerated at IMCC. Also discovered today is that a Dubuque County Jail inmate awaiting transport to IMCC has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Dubuque County Jail is reporting that more quarantine measures have been added to the already in-place measures to stop more exposures.

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