BOONE CO. — A COVID-19 outbreak at the Boone County Jail is forcing officials to reinstate policies.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office released in a statement that on July 16 an inmate tested positive for COVID-19.
No additional cases were found until July 23 when two inmates from a different block tested positive for the virus.
After testing inmates in that block, another four positive cases were found.
Jail officials then reinstated COVID-19 policies at the direction of the Boone County Health Department.
BCSO offered all staff to voluntarily take a COVID-19 test, of all tests completed, two employees tested positive.
A 10-day quarantine immediately began.
Approximately 128 of 132 inmates housed in the jail have received COVID-19 tests. These tests resulted in 25 positive cases to date.