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COVID Outbreak in the Scott County Jail

File photo take before the pandemic (file)
Kyle Soyer
File photo take before the pandemic (file)

For the first time since the pandemic began, there's been a COVID-19 outbreak in the Scott County Jail.

Sheriff Tim Lane says two weeks ago (11/2) an inmate tested positive after showing symptoms of the virus. Then after two rounds of testing a total of 25 inmates tested positive but with only two of them showing symptoms. Currently 12 are in quarantine.

The jail has been holding an average of 312 inmates this month.

Lane says one of those who tested positive worked in the jail kitchen, so food preparation has been taken over by jail staff, while a replacement staff of inmates is trained.

All that's meant an increase in overtime since the Scott County Jail was already "short" ten correctional officers, and four others have been sent home due to COVID.

He thinks it's fortunate the jail has not had any previous outbreaks since the pandemic began.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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