A Linn County deputy has tested positive for COVID-19.
The deputy became sick on Thursday night while working his evening shift at the Linn County Correctional Center. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says he arrived to work fever-free – following the process of taking his temperature before entering the building – but left work near the end of his shift when he became symptomatic with a fever of 102. He was given the COVID-19 test, testing positive.
The deputy has been advised to remain in self-isolation until he meets the Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines for returning to work.
The Sheriff’s Office says jail administration has worked with Linn County Public Health to identify who may have been exposed to the virus – focusing on people who may have been within six feet of the deputy for more than two minutes. They identified and notified eleven co-workers who may have been exposed – they will continue to report to work as long as they remain asymptomatic. They do not believe any inmates were exposed.
In addition to taking temperatures of everyone entering the Linn County Correctional Center, all employees and visitors are now required to wear a facemask. Facemasks are also being provided to all of the inmates.