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Inmates, Staff Quarantined at Richmond Jail Following Outbreak

Man tapes sign to car
Community activist Omari Al-Qadaffi prepares a sign for a car rally outside the Richmond City Jail in April. (Photo: Crixell Matthews/VPM)

Dozens of inmates at the Richmond City Jail are being monitored after testing positive for COVID-19, displaying symptoms, or having been exposed to the virus.

A spokesperson for the Richmond City Jail told VPM that about 75 inmates who potentially have COVID-19 are being watched. That’s down from about 100 cases identified earlier in the week, which includes several staff members.  

The spokesperson said the jail is testing inmates weekly, including those who have symptoms or may have been exposed. They also are mass testing when test kits are available. 

A number of local activist groups voiced concerns about the outbreak on social media.  

Sheriff Antoinette Irving told NBC12 Wednesday that the jail is grouping those who test positive together and trying to keep those infected on one floor, but that’s proving difficult. 

Irving added another round of mass testing will take place on Monday.