Sheriff: 45 inmates at Gibson County Jail test positive for COVID-19

Sheriff: 45 inmates at Gibson County Jail test positive for COVID-19

PRINCETON, Ind. (WFIE) - 45 inmates at the Gibson County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

Gibson County Sheriff Timothy Bottoms confirmed this information to 14 News on Wednesday afternoon.

He says all 45 inmates who tested positive have been quarantined.

14 News spoke with Sheriff Bottoms again on Thursday.

He clarified that all inmates at the jail were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday after several inmates reported symptoms.

Sheriff Bottoms says those results came back that very day, and the positive cases were isolated at various points in the jail.

He said that inmates do not wear masks in the jail, but staff members do, and incoming people are screened with temperature checks and questions upon entry.

The sheriff also said that “a few” staff members had tested positive, but would not specify how many or when.

14 News asked how it was possible that nearly half of the jail’s population came down with COVID-19 overnight, and he said he couldn’t answer that because he didn’t know.

On Thursday afternoon, signs were seen being held up to the windows of the jail that had the words “HELP”, “MED” and “SICK”.

The wife of one of the inmates reached out to 14 News and stated that she was concerned for the safety of her husband because she feared he may be exposed to COVID-19.

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