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Covid-19 screening protocols at county jail identified one positive case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 1, 2020

CONTACTS: Keith Rogers, Lieutenant, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office,
Keith.Rogers@snoco.org, Media line: 425-249-6263

EVERETT, Wash. – On March 31, 2020, a 22 year old male incarcerated at the Snohomish County Jail tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case at our jail facility.

This individual was booked on the evening of March 25, 2020 by the Everett Police Department for a Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order, a mandatory booking by WA. State law. 


Upon the initial COVID-19 medical screening in the jail’s outdoor triage tent (set up as part of our COVID-19 protocol), the individual complained to a Corrections RN of mild symptoms (i.e. cough, low fever).  The RN immediately started newly implemented COVID-19 Quarantine (isolation) protocols.  These protocols occur prior to the subject being brought inside the booking area of the Snohomish County Jail, or coming into unprotected contact with Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Corrections staff. 


The subject initially tested negative for influenza, and then a Corrections RN collected a COVID-19 sample. The positive result was received by Corrections medical staff on the evening of March 31, 2020.  The individual is currently held on bail and has been insolation and monitored 24 /7. 

 

“This was a suspected COVID-19 case upon arrival at our jail, our corrections and medical teams intercepted and mitigated exposure at the very earliest stages upon admittance to our jail” said Lieutenant Rogers. 

In an abundance of caution, we are actively reviewing protocols and determining if any staff or other inmates were potentially exposed at any point, and we will continue to adapt and establish best practices as we all learn more how this virus can spread so rapidly.


“The safety of all of our staff along with our inmate population is always our top focus, these COVID-19 screening protocols have been essential allowing us to keep our jail open for business” said Rogers.  We expect him to make a full recovery without issues.  There are no other confirmed COVID-19 cases in our jail facility or Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office staff.