St. Joseph County Jail has become a COVID-19 hotspot

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(Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC)

St. Joseph County’s newest hotspot for COVID-19 infections appears to be its jail.

Testing from last Friday indicated that 22% of the entire inmate population is potentially infected, according to WNDU.

The report showed 35 inmates who had tested positive, which resulted in another 75 being put in quarantine. Sheriff Redman says social distancing is difficult at the jail, and there had only been 13 cases since March before this “huge uptick” in cases.

Eight staff members have tested positive, and another eight are in quarantine. The jail is on lockdown to restrict movement and visitors.

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