DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas County jail inmate has tested positive for COVID-19, the sheriff’s department confirmed Wednesday morning.
This is the first confirmed case from the jail. Authorities said the inmate is currently being housed at another facility.
During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Marian Brown said the inmate is a man in his 40s who was in a section of the jail with 51 other inmates.
Brown said those other inmates were medically screened and that four of them showed symptoms while others were asymptomatic. They have all been quarantined as that section of the jail is being cleaned and disinfected, Brown said.
Brown also said the inmate with the positive case has been in the jail since December 2019. It is unclear how the inmate contracted the virus.
The sheriff did not mention if there was any testing among the jailers. She did say the department was working to identify anyone who may have been in contact with the inmate.
As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, there are 247 reported cases of the coronavirus in Dallas County, with six being deaths.