FAIRFAX, Va. (WDVM) — According to the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, an inmate in his 20’s at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (ADC) tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30, 2020.
Officials say the inmate has been incarcerated since January and is now in isolation at the ADC. The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Health Department to identify individuals who may have been in close contact and are at increased risk. Officials warn that despite their efforts to limit the spread of the virus, it is possible that additional cases will be discovered.
Andrea Ceisler, Public Information Officer For Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office said the inmate “had been incarcerated since January 29 and is now in isolation at the adult detention center.”
Ceisler said it’s possible additional cases will now come out since other individuals and inmates could have been exposed.
“We have been following best cleaning practices recommended by the health department and the CDC. The unoccupied areas of the ADC we’ve been using a hospital bed mister that kills bacteria and viruses and high touch areas like hallways, elevators, balls, doorknobs, and buttons,” said Ceisler.
According to the Virginia Department of Health thus far there has been 1,484 positive cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths as of Wednesday. Ceisler said its important for people to safeguard themselves against the virus.
Officials said if nurses suspect that any other inmates has contracted this virus they will be put into a separate cell which is considered a quarantined area.