Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy who works in jail tests positive for COVID-19

Deputy is in isolation at home following positive test

Paul Albani-Burgio
palbaniburgio@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/2/20

A Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy who works in the county jail tested positive for COVID on March 31, the department has announced in a press release. The deputy has been spending time at …

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Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy who works in jail tests positive for COVID-19

Deputy is in isolation at home following positive test

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A Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy who works in the county jail tested positive for COVID on March 31, the department has announced in a press release.

The deputy has been spending time at home in isolation following confirmation of his positive test. The Sheriff's Office said it does not know where or when the deputy contracted the disease.

“This news is sobering, and it serves as an unwelcome reminder for us all to be diligent as we approach our duties each and every moment of every day,” Sheriff Jeff Shrader said in a statement. “This unseen enemy — while unrelenting — cannot be allowed to beat us.”

According to the press release, Jefferson County Public Health immediately begins an investigation to attempt to identify where or how an individual contracted the disease once it is notified of a positive case. JCPH also works to identify close contacts of the individual, such as family members, coworkers or others, who could have been exposed. If there are suspected exposures, those individuals are also notified.

The press release did not say whether anyone who has had contact with the deputy, including other deputies or jail inmates, have been notified about suspected exposure.

On March 24 Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Michael Taplin told Colorado Community Media that 10 Sheriff's Office employees were self-quarantining because they were exhibiting a symptom of the virus. In recent days, the jail has taken steps to reduce its inmate population in response to the COVID-19 threat. As of Monday, 31 inmates at the jail were being held at isolation in the jail because they were exhibiting a symptom of COVID-19.

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