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Richmond County Jailer Tests Positive for Covid-19. Here’s How Many Inmates Have Been Tested…

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A Richmond County jailer has tested positive for COVID-19.

Here is the sheriff’s office press release:

“On Monday, April 20, 2020, a Deputy Jailer at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is currently at home under quarantine. This is the second confirmed case at the detention center. The Deputy worked in one of the Control Rooms and had no contact with inmates.  The Deputy has not been at work since Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Out of precaution, employees of the Charles B. Webster Detention Center and civilian contractors are in the process of being scheduled for COVID-19 testing at various drive through locations operated by the Department of Public Health.  The name of the Deputy Jailer is not being released in accordance with HIPPA and the GA Open Records Act. 

“Sheriff Richard Roundtree and his staff have been monitoring developments of COVID-19 and are closely following the recommendations made by the state, county health department, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).   Sheriff Roundtree’s first priority is the health and safety of everyone.  At this time, only essential personnel will be admitted into CBWDC, and all personnel will be medically screened and have their temperatures checked prior to being granted access to the facility.

“Our agency will continue to screen all inmates when they enter the detention center and tests will be administered if signs or symptoms develop. So far, there have been five inmates tested for COVID-19 and all tests came back negative; however, we are in the process of arranging testing for inmates who had direct contact with the infected health care contractor. Our agency will release any updated information once it becomes available.”

A new print edition of The Jail Report has been delivered to stores, or you can buy them online to read on your phone or computer by going to  thejailreport.com.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Well, seeing as though there’s also been cases known in another jail in south carolina and it wasn’t reported on this isn’t a surprise at all and that was about three weeks ago as i said people need to just stay home, they’re going to just have to quarantine all over again in the next few days in places that opened the beaches give it another day or two they’ll be closing it.

  2. This needs to be attended to hibefore DFCS and the system cause the death of an innocent 2month old baby and the destruction is a family. I tried to cut and paste from my Facebook but for some reason it’s not cutting and pasting and doing my best to get this whole story out here

  3. This needs to be attended to hibefore DFCS and the system cause the death of an innocent 2month old baby and the destruction is a family. I tried to cut and paste from my Facebook but for some reason it’s not cutting and pasting and doing my best to get this whole story out here

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