Fayette detention center continues to fight COVID outbreak

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Fayette County Detention Center facilities Oct. 3, 2018. Photo by Amy Wallot

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Division of Community Corrections has completed its latest round of COVID-19 testing in response to recent positive cases.

Since mid-November, 295 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 295 cases, 121 of the inmates are no longer considered to have active infections, and have recovered, the facility said in a statement.

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The remaining 174 inmates who have tested positive are being isolated. The majority of the inmates who have tested positive have been symptom free, the statement continued.

Currently no inmates need hospital care related to COVID-19. Friday’s inmate population is 962.

Facility-wide testing will continue next week.

To reduce the chance of spreading the virus among inmates, recreation for inmates has been suspended in 12 of the jail’s 19 housing units. Recreation will resume as soon as possible, according to administrators.

Currently, 14 staff members are positive for COVID-19. Testing for all staff will continue next week.

The Division of Community Corrections consults with the Lexington Health Department for guidance on continued testing and reducing the risk to inmates, Corrections Officers, and staff.