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Jail says guard negative for Covid-19Free Access

Three sent home today for fear they had been exposed to virus

Letcher County Jailer Bert Slone has sent three more guards home and quarantined an inmate because of fears of coronavirus inside the jail.

Slone said this morning that a guard approached him and said he felt bad. When checked, he had a low-grade fever and was sent home. This afternoon, Slone said a 15-minute antigen test performed at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation came back negative.

A different guard tested positive for the virus on Saturday and is self-quarantining at home.

While the three guards today have been tested for Covid-19, the results for two may not be back until the weekend, Slone said. An inmate that had contact with the guards was also placed in isolation so he can be watched for symptoms.

“The inmate had a doctor’s appointment, and he (the guard) was with the inmate at the hospital all day,” Slone said.

The guard with symptoms had not worked since Sunday, when he was tested for Covid-19 then and found to be negative. Slone said he spent less than 10 minutes at the jail after he and the inmate returned to the jail from the hospital with the inmate. Another guard was with them, but has no symptoms of Covid-19. That guard and another who had contact with the two have also been tested, Slone said.

“It may change in the next 15 minutes, but right now I’ve not had any inmates with symptoms,” Slone said.

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