2 More Dallas County Jail Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

Seven inmates at the Dallas County Jail have now tested positive for COVID-19

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Two more inmates at the Dallas County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of inmates infected at the jail to seven.

According to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, five Dallas County Jail inmates tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.

Dr. Philip Huang, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said seven inmates have now tested positive for the virus, and one additional test is pending.

Four other individuals from other pods, two officers, and several healthcare officials are in quarantine.

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The first inmate to test positive for the virus had been in the Dallas County Jail since December, meaning the virus came into the jail through another person. 

Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown said during a news conference Wednesday that health officials are investigating how the virus got into the jail's population. 

Due to the positive COVID-19 tests in the Dallas County Jail, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has suspended intake of Dallas County prisoners at other prisons.

The TDCJ said Thursday a staff member at the Holliday Unit in Huntsville tested positive for COVID-19. While a full contact investigation is underway, officials have not determined if the cases could be related.

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