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Inmates tested positive for COVID in the DCSO Jail (Photo) - 09/08/21

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 8, 2021

 

During the evening of September 7, 2021, an inmate in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail was displaying symptoms of COVID. This inmate, along with the other inmates in the housing unit were all tested for COVID. Five of the seven inmates in this single housing unit tested positive for COVID. 

Throughout this pandemic, the DCSO Jail has been following Centers for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority guidelines and taking necessary precautions for infection control in an attempt to keep COVID out of the facility. 

The Sheriff’s Office Medical Director is managing care for these positive cases and currently coordinating with Deschutes County Public Health. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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