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90 inmates test positive for coronavirus at Chesapeake jail

November 19, 2020 GMT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Ninety inmates have tested positive for coronavirus at jail in the Virginia city of Chesapeake.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the city’s sheriff’s office reported the outbreak at the Chesapeake Correctional Center after widespread tests.

Three inmates, six deputies and two contractors had initially tested positive on Nov. 12. In response, Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan ordered all inmates in the known affected areas to be tested.

People who have tested positive are being quarantined and monitored.

The jail’s daily population averages 985 inmates.

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At the jail in the neighboring city of Virginia Beach, about 100 inmates and five staff members were reported to be positive last week.