Surge testing of 700 inmates and 120 employees at Shelby County Division of Corrections facilities found six inmates and 13 employees who were positive for COVID-19.
The figures put the positivity rate among inmates at about .8 percent. The positive rate for employees, though, is about 10.8 percent.
Results of the testing were shared Friday morning by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.
No deaths were reported among inmates or employees. No inmates have been hospitalized, though none of them have yet recovered from the virus. Only one of the employees has not yet recovered.
The protection of inmates and other vulnerable populations remains one of our top priorities amid the current public health emergency," Harris said in a statement. "We have reduced the risk of spread in our facilities by taking a number of steps to keep inmates safe.
"Inmates are given masks regularly and replacement masks upon request. We have also doubled the amount of hygiene supplies provided. Lastly, we conduct daily screening and temperature checks for anyone entering the facility and access is limited.
"We will keep these protections in place for the rest of the year or longer if needed to keep inmates safe."
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