MIDLAND, TX – According to the Midland County Sheriff's Office approximately 80 inmates and 8 employees at the Midland County Detention Center have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
The MCSO says it has established a hotline for family members to call in order to stay informed on their loved one's health status.
MCSO says the detention officers who have tested positive are not allowed to return to work until they have been quarantined for at least 14 days, and no longer test positive for the virus.
In a press release Midland County Sheriff David Criner reiterated that all staff will continue following current CDC guidelines and will be taking the necessary actions needed in order to control and contain any further spread of the virus.
Criner went on to say that all Midland County jail employees are screened for symptoms before entering the facility daily and are required to wear personal protective equipment at all times.
Criner noted that employees are currently required to wear N-95 masks and gloves, also noting that inmates have been issued face masks for their safety.
The sheriff's office did not give any specific updates on when the inmates were tested, or the overall conditions of those currently infected.
Family members can contact the Midland County Sheriff's Office COVID-19 Hotline at (432)688-4798.