By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County Jail posted an update on COVID-19 cases inside the jail on Tuesday morning.
According to Warden Orlando Harper, there are 29 employees and 27 inmates who tested positive for the virus.
“Employees have all been quarantined, the last being on December 4th,” Warden Harper said. “None of the employees is at work. Due to these positive cases, around 40 more employees are currently in quarantine in their homes. In addition, inmates of the prison who tested positive have already been quarantined and have been isolated since then. All but one person are isolated in the same dwelling unit. They show no symptoms but are regularly monitored by medical staff at the facility. In addition, around 200 inmates will be quarantined in four residential units. “
Warden Harper added that they are working with staff to ensure adequate staffing and keep everyone in the prison safe.
He says they worked with the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Justice, and the Allegheny County Department of Health by following the safety guidelines they set.
“People wear masks, wash their hands and stay physically distant,” said Warden Harper. “We test when it is appropriate. Positive cases are isolated. We conduct contact tracing and quarantine these people. We have a consistent cleansing of the environment. Ongoing reviews include temperature checks and questions about symptoms of all employees and contractors are consistent. “
The prison has also put on visit restrictions to help reduce the spread of the virus.
To date, 748 inmates have been tested for COVID-19 since mid-March and 66 positive tests have been taken, 27 of which are currently being tested at the facility.
Other people who tested positive have either been released or have recovered.
In the meantime, 217 employees were tested with 55 positive tests during the same period. Of the 55 positive tests, 26 have recovered and returned to work.