Outbreak of COVID-19 at St. Joseph County Jail, changes looming for courts

(Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC)

There has been a spike in coronavirus cases at the St. Joseph County Jail, with dozens of inmates and staff testing positive in the past week.

35 inmates tested positive on Friday alone, according to the South Bend Tribune. Another 75 inmates were quarantined because of close contacts.

Among the dozen staffers, who tested positive are four nurses, the Tribune reported. Several other staffers are in quarantine.

St. Joseph County courts are set to postpone jury trials, suspend hearings and consider releasing some inmates from the county jail and Juvenile Justice Center due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

The limits on court activity and lighter prisoner load are expected to stay in effect through the month of February, the Tribune reported.

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