CHARLESTON INMATES AND DETENTION CENTER COVID-19 TEST POSITIVE

Nicolas Knight

(North Charleston, SC) An inmate at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate had been incarcerated in the facility for approximately 3 weeks on a Family Court bench warrant.  His Family Court hearing resulted in a sentence of 90 days or $1,200.  He was initially screened for the Coronavirus on March 30 with no issues, and was subsequently classified as an inmate worker.  He became symptomatic this past Friday and was immediately isolated and tested for this reason.  Detention center personnel learned today that his test results were positive for COVID-19.  He is currently quarantined under treatment.  Detention center personnel are coordinating communication with the inmate’s family.

As a precaution, thirty-five inmates that were being held in the infected inmate’s housing unit have been isolated to one location.  They will be under close observation for a minimum of 14 days and will be screened and temperature checked daily.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to screen all incoming inmates, and designated personnel continue to perform temperature checks of all incoming inmates and employees.  A contracted cleaning crew is currently sanitizing all areas that may have been affected.

Today, the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center learned of two more inmates who tested positive for COVID-19.  These two inmates had been in the same sleeping quarters as the positive COVID inmate from this past Sunday.  The inmates had already been quarantined with symptoms when they were tested.  One inmate has been incarcerated since January 2020, and the other since mid-March of 2020.  Both are incarcerated on felony charges.  They will continue treatment while in quarantine.  The Detention Center is coordinating communication with the inmates’ families.

(North Charleston, SC) Today, Detention Center personnel learned of 3 more confirmed inmate COVID-19 cases at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.  One of those 3 inmates has since been released.

In total, 6 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.  Two have been released and 4 are quarantined under medical treatment at the Detention Center.

Additionally, one detention deputy has tested positive for COVID-19.  The deputy has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 2003.

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