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Sedgwick County Jail: Second inmate tests positive for COVID-19

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said they were notified Wednesday that a second inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.  This case is not related to the previous case reported on July 20, 2020.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said this second inmate reported he was sick on July 18, 2020, and was immediately placed in quarantine pending the results of the COVID-19 test.  The inmate was tested by the contracted medical provider of the Sedgwick County Detention Facility on July 20, 2020, and was informed of the positive results Wednesday. The inmate has been instructed to quarantine at home prior to being released from the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

The sheriff’s office said they contacted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for their recommendations in regards to further testing for staff and inmates, and based on advice, the contracted medical provider will offer testing to 12 staff members and 49 inmates that had possible contact with the inmate.  Forty-seven inmates will be quarantined until they are medically cleared.  Two inmates who reported symptoms of COVID-19 were placed in isolation. Three inmates were released from the Sedgwick County Detention Facility prior to the inmate receiving the positive test results.  KDHE will be contacting those individuals. 

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said they will be contacting judges, members of the DA’s office, and defense attorneys about the positive test result. 

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