JeffCo Sheriff’s Office begins testing inmates for COVID-19; 1 person tests positive

JeffCo Sheriff’s Office begins testing inmates for COVID-19; 1 person tests positive
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to Begin Testing Inmates for COVID 19 (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: NaphCare partnered with the Jefferson County Health Department to test 201 inmates at the Jefferson County jails in Birmingham and Bessemer.

The testing results confirmed one positive test for COVID-19. Officials say that inmate is being held in medical isolation and appropriate steps have been taken to monitor those he might have been in close contact with.

“We will be making COVID-19 testing available for staff members soon and continued testing will be made available for inmates. We are taking extraordinary steps to combat the spread of COVID-19 within our facilities. We will continue to screen all incoming inmates in our outside booking tent before they enter our facility,” the sheriff’s office stated.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Jefferson County Health Department and NaphCare to begin testing inmates for COVID-19.

The testing began Friday at both the Birmingham and Bessemer jails. The county says they have taken extraordinary measures to protect the jail environment from the spread of COVID-19 including screening all new incoming inmates before they enter the jail.

All deputies and unsworn personnel will also be tested.

Inmates have the option to decline testing as well as the option to receive a vaccination for hepatitis A.

On June 1, 2020, Naphcare became the official health care provider for the Jefferson County jails. Naphcare is headquartered in Vestavia, Alabama and operates over 70 facilities

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