County jail reports 11 infections among inmates
In the past two weeks, 11 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Kalamazoo County Jail. That’s more than double the five people who contracted the coronavirus during the entire first year of the pandemic.
All 11 people had been recently lodged at the jail. Sheriff Richard Fuller told MLive that all new inmates are quarantined and tested after they arrive. The infected inmates are still being quarantined and receiving medical care as needed. None have required hospitalization.
Meanwhile, the jail is undergoing efforts to get inmates vaccinated.
“We know that people make their own decisions in these things and not everyone vaccinates like I wish they would,” said Fuller.
He said the jail requires the use of masks and social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. The department has also reduced its population significantly during the pandemic. Rated for holding up to 500 inmates, the jail is currently housing only 189.
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