The BSO Public Information Office is currently working a developing incident regarding a positive COVID-19 inmates located at: N/A.
Public Information Officer Veda Coleman-Wright is currently gathering the details. Here’s what we know so far:
An inmate who was housed at the Broward Sheriff’s Office North Broward Bureau has tested positive for COVID-19.
The inmate’s identity and arrest details are being withheld in order to protect his right to medical privacy. When the inmate was arrested in March, he was medically screened during booking and showed no signs of COVID-19.
On March 31, during a routine screening, the inmate refused a medical test (not related to COVID-19) recommended by healthcare staff. As a result, he was transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. At the hospital, he was tested for COVID-19 and confirmed positive on April 1.
After being notified of the inmate’s status, the housing units where he has been were placed in quarantine as a precaution. Medical staff will continue to monitor the inmates for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
The Department of Health (DOH) has been notified. Staff who were in contact with the inmate have been notified and are being advised to self-isolate, self-monitor and contact the DOH for further instructions. The arresting officer who works at a police department in Broward County has been notified as well.
As of this writing, the Department of Detention has been notified a second inmate tested positive April 2. Details from today’s positive case will be released when available.
Arrangements are being made to decontaminate affected areas.
This information should be considered preliminary, and as with any developing situation, the details may change.