Yakima County Prison Hit by New COVID-19 Outbreak; almost 50 infected | local

The Yakima County Jail is responding to a new outbreak of COVID-19, the Yakima Health District announced.

According to a press release from the health district, 47 inmates and four staff members were infected with the virus on Tuesday.

The outbreak was initially reported on November 19.

Prison Chief Bill Splawn said the number of infected inmates fell to 43 on Wednesday as a few recovered and were released from quarantine.

The health district recommends that the prison continue to segregate groups from those who have tested positive or been close to an infected person, the release said. The health district also recommends more testing and supervision in prison.

Slawn said these are recommendations the prison has implemented during previous outbreaks.

“We’re doing the same thing we’ve done in the past during outbreaks, getting staff masked, extra cleaning and quarantine,” he said.

No one in the prison has experienced serious symptoms, Slawn said.

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