SECOND POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19 AT MOHAVE COUNTY ADULT DETENTION FACILITY

Written by The Bee

July 6, 2020

An inmate of the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility tested positive on Thursday for COVID-19. The inmate, currently housed in medical isolation at the jail, will continue to be monitored and provided treatment as may be necessary. The male inmate, in the 20 to 29 age group, came into jail custody in late June and is a resident of the Kingman service area.

“Once again, our regular intake quarantine process has proven to be a successful protocol in preventing the introduction of the coronavirus to our existing inmate population,” said Captain Don Bischoff. “I appreciate the efforts of all our jail staff who make this quarantine work so well at keeping our facility safe.” This is the second lab confirmed positive case involving any of our inmates, the first being in late May. The Inmate from May had been extradited from outside Arizona and was a male in the 30 to 39 age group. He was kept in quarantine and isolation for nearly three weeks. The May inmate never became ill or developed any symptoms at all. Prior to being released into general population, a second test was conducted and was negative. “Since early March, inmates and staff have gone to great lengths to prevent the introduction of the virus to the jail. Those steps include a screening process following CDC guidelines for all jail staff and new arrests as well as any person entering the secure area of the facility,” said Bischoff. Jail Administration is taking the necessary precautions and are working at identifying any staff and perhaps other inmates who may have been in close contact with the infected inmate. All notification requirements
have been followed with regard to reporting the positive case with the Arizona Department of Health Services as well as the Mohave County Department of Public Health.

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