WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office says another inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.
The inmate who works in the kitchen inmate workers program does not have any symptoms. He was tested because he has an upcoming medical procedure. The test came back positive on Friday.
Officials at the jail have quarantined the other 53 inmates who also worked in the kitchen. They are being tested today to see if they have the coronavirus. It could take 2 to 4 days for test results.
Once an inmate tests positive, they are put in isolation for 14 days.
Because the jail staff had to vet and train 54 more inmates to help in the kitchen and to deliver meals, some of the meals were delayed at first, but the meals are back on schedule now.
“We divide our inmate workers for the kitchen staff into three groups of 18,” said Colonel Brian White, Sedgwick County Jail. “This process of getting meals ready for inmates is a 24/7 operation. Those inmates are in 18-person teams and they perform the breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”
White says the kitchen prepares 10 different meals daily to account for vegetarians, religious beliefs, and allergy and other health issues.
With the kitchen workers now in quarantine and because of previous positive cases, White says there are 150 inmates in different stages of quarantine.