5 MCSO employees test positive for COVID-19

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TEXARKANA — Five employees tested positive for COVID-19 after the Miller County Sheriff’s Office conducted facility wide testing from July 2-3.

The sheriff’s office received a report back from the Arkansas Department of Health on July 6, stating that 85 of the 335 tests administered were positive.

In addition to all employees at the sheriff’s office, all person incarcerated were tested. The sheriff’s office did not indicate that any of the incarcerated were positive or negative.

The sheriff’s office says the employees are asymptomatic.

Anyone who develops symptoms will receive additional screening and medical intervention, the sheriff’s office says.

The state department of health, the county detention center’s medical director, and the detention center medical staff have been working to implement recommended protocols, including daily testing of inmates with three tests per day for symptoms that include fever and oxygen saturation levels. The sheriff’s office will also have daily assignment of masks for inmates, increased disinfecting, segregation of positive and negative tests, and continued screening of new bookings into the detention center.

The protocols will be in place until such recommendations from the state department of health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are lifted.

Court being held at the sheriff’s office complex may limit public access, and the determinations are at the discretion of the presiding judge.