Fayette County prison outbreak hits 100 confirmed cases

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Fayette County prison has now infected at least 100 people, including 71 inmates and 29 county employees.Fayette County officials said the surge in cases were the result of mass testing done at the prison in late July after the initial outbreak was reported. Commissioner Scott Dunn said another round of testing will be done on inmates that tested negative in order to ensure they did not contract the virus in the time since the initial test.Of the 29 county employees that tested positive, Dunn said 11 have already been cleared to return to work and most of the inmates were asymptomatic. Dunn said none of the inmates required hospitalization. The Fayette County Courthouse, which is connected to the prison, is set to open more offices in the building on Thursday after being partially closed for two weeks. Dunn said county officials consulted medical experts from West Virginia University in order to come up with a safe reopening plan for staff and the general public.”If you can work remotely, you are working remotely,” Dunn said. “We’re staggering our staff in order to make sure that we have continuity of our government.”

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Fayette County prison has now infected at least 100 people, including 71 inmates and 29 county employees.

Fayette County officials said the surge in cases were the result of mass testing done at the prison in late July after the initial outbreak was reported. Commissioner Scott Dunn said another round of testing will be done on inmates that tested negative in order to ensure they did not contract the virus in the time since the initial test.

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Of the 29 county employees that tested positive, Dunn said 11 have already been cleared to return to work and most of the inmates were asymptomatic. Dunn said none of the inmates required hospitalization.

The Fayette County Courthouse, which is connected to the prison, is set to open more offices in the building on Thursday after being partially closed for two weeks. Dunn said county officials consulted medical experts from West Virginia University in order to come up with a safe reopening plan for staff and the general public.

“If you can work remotely, you are working remotely,” Dunn said. “We’re staggering our staff in order to make sure that we have continuity of our government.”