No results yet in the potential JoCo Jail COVID-19 outbreak

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Tuesday NBC5 expected COVID-19 results from Josephine County Jail.

This comes after the jail had its first positive test last week. We were told everyone in the facility was tested, but more than 72 hours later NBC5 is still in the dark about the results.

Josephine Co. Sheriff Dave Daniel told NBC5 last Thursday they finished testing inmates and staff. The┬áresults for everyone could take 72 hours. It’s been longer than that, yet Sheriff Daniel hasn’t made any announcements.

The mass testing comes after one inmate tested positive. The inmate that tested positive last week lived in group housing since mid-September.

Sheriff Daniel said they are working with Josephine County Public Health to test people in the facility.

“We are expecting a 24-hour turnaround on [the COVID-19 test results]. We’re gonna say 72 hours we should have the results, so we should know what actions need to be taken,” said Sheriff Daniel.

After reaching out to Josephine County Public Health multiple times, the agency said all media calls about the jail must be directed toward the sheriff.

Sheriff Daniel told NBC5 late Monday night he’ll have an update for us on Tuesday.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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