ELKTON — Every person inside the Cecil County Detention Center — inmates and staff — are being tested for COVID-19 after several inmates presented with symptoms last week according to a spokesman for the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
“We can confirm there are positive tests,” Lt. Michael Holmes with the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. He could not say how many, however, adding the tests are still being administered.
It started Thursday with seven inmates tested but Holmes said now that all 236 inmates plus staff for the correctional facility on Landing Lane in Elkton is being tested for novel coronavirus.
“This is an ever-changing situation,” Holmes said. “We’re constantly adjusting to what we’re dealing with.”
While he still did not have any exact numbers, Holmes said that some staff at the jail have also tested positive and are self-quarantining.
Those inmates first tested were on a tier and not work-release, he added.
“This is the first outbreak of COVID that we have had at the facility.”
Inmates that tested positive are in isolation away from the general population and staff are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).
“We are working with the Cecil County Health Department and (detention center) medical staff to care for the inmates,” he said.
While contact tracing for staff that have tested positive is happening, Holmes said it’s almost unnecessary for the inmates.
“Obviously inside the facility we know who’s been in contact with who,” Holmes said.
Holmes said visitations, which have been suspended since March, are still off limits but inmates have been given more phone calls.