More than 220 COVID-19 cases at George County Correctional Facility
GEORGE COUNTY, Miss. (WXXV) — More than 220 positive COVID-19 tests have been reported at the George County Regional Correctional Facility.
Sheriff Keith Havard says last week after initial testing by medical staff identified approximately six positive cases of the virus among inmates, the Mississippi State Department of Health was called to perform comprehensive testing of both inmates and employees.
The sheriff advises that most cases appear to be mild with few or no symptoms and that only a couple of cases have required additional medical intervention.
Sheriff Havard would like to reassure the public that all possible steps are being taken to care for those who are ill and to mitigate the further spread of the virus including deep cleaning of all jail facilities, separation and quarantine of all virus-positive inmates, separation of state inmates with essential job functions from the general population, and a suspension of all in-person visitations.