MORE THAN 20 INMATES AT TUSCALOOSA COUNTY JAIL TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID
A total of 21 inmates at the Tuscaloosa County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, May 22.
Of those, 20 were asymptomatic.
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy said that an inmate was at DCH Regional Medical Center when he tested positive, and the sheriff’s office tested the two cell blocks he was in.
In one of those blocks, all inmates tested negative. The other cell block had 20 inmates test positive despite not showing any symptoms.
Abernathy said they will continue to keep an eye on the other inmates and will test anyone who shows symptoms.
“Are we going to test everybody in the jail? No, we don’t because you don’t test everybody on the street either,” he said. “It’s not practical to test every single person and that still doesn’t mean that the person couldn’t be tested negative today and then contract it tomorrow. It’s no different from what you and me could do out here today.”
The sheriff’s office will continue using the same procedures so they can keep inmates and employees as safe as possible.
Abernathy said quarantine has been extended for new inmates from 14 to 21 days, and there has been a new implementation of extra sanitation and use of personal protection equipment.