High COVID-19 recovery rate reported at San Juan County jail | KOB 4

High COVID-19 recovery rate reported at San Juan County jail

Diana Castillo
Updated: July 24, 2020 06:49 PM
Created: July 24, 2020 05:36 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The San Juan County jail announced 111 of the 144 detainees who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

"The Department of Public Health recommends that you look at somebody for 14 days after they tested positive," said jail administrator Daniel Webb. "If they in fact have been symptom free for those 14 days, they are considered being recovered. We have opted to make that a 21-day evolution for added precaution at the facility." 


Officials said the situation is fluid, and not all 144 detainees remain in custody. 

As of Friday, there were 30 active cases at the jail, and 12 of them are showing symptoms. 

"We have worked closely with the Department of Health to mitigate the spread of coronavirus within the facility from everything from educating staff and providing them with PPE to those staff and detainee populations," Webb said.

Detainees have been given information about COID-19. 

"They don't need to have any book money on their books to access it, it's under free health information, they can access it, like I said, both in English and in Spanish," said a corrections officer.

Webb said thy continue to implement strict practices like temperature checks and masks to mitigate the spread. 

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