Colorado Springs, Colorado (KKTV)-El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is responding to a major COVID-19 outbreak among prisoners.
The agency announced on Thursday that within 24 hours, another 64 prisoners had tested positive for COVID-19. As of Thursday, the total number of prisoners who tested positive for the virus was 72.
The Sheriff’s Office wrote in a press release: “The current COVID situation is a top priority for the sheriff and staff of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.” “In March, we formulated emergency actions for this situation. Plans. We are more than prepared. We will make major adjustments to the operation of our facilities to combat this epidemic. We will test and take care of every employee and prisoner, and provide the safest facilities under these ever-changing conditions .”
The agency added that all employees and prisoners will be tested next week. They also provide prisoners with personal protective equipment.
As of Thursday, no prisoners must be hospitalized.
On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office announced that several employees and prisoners had tested positive for COVID-19, and the outbreak had only recently occurred.
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