El Paso County jail coronavirus outbreak infects 859 inmates, 66 workers

By | November 11, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — The El Paso County jail in Colorado has reported 859 of the 1,246 inmates in custody Sunday tested positive for COVID-19 along with 66 employees, authorities said.

The El Paso County sheriff’s office said two of the employees were hospitalized over the weekend, The Gazette reported.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Deborah Mynatt did not disclose the status of the two employees who were hospitalized or if they were civilian employees or deputies, citing privacy concerns.

Officials first reported the outbreak on Oct. 26 when eight inmates who were asymptomatic tested positive for COVID-19. Mynatt compared the outbreak to a “wildfire” and said officials are trying to control the virus from spreading more.

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