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Missoula jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 3:27 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 22:35:06-04

MISSOULA — An inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Missoula County Detention Facility after a pre-established screening and health assessment during booking.

The inmate indicated contact with a positive COVID-19 case and the facility isolated the individual and was tested the same day. Results came back within 24 hours.

Details about the inmate, including the date the individual was booked into the detention facility, were not provided.

The inmate will remain isolated in the detention facility, monitored closely, and treated by detention center nursing staff, according to a media release. When the inmate has been cleared by a public health nurse the inmate will be no longer be in isolation.

Safety measures to limit the spread include additional cleaning and sanitation, pre-screening, daily health assessments, isolation and testing if indicated by the screening process, and mask requirement for all detention facility staff.