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Butler County inmate tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 12:10:37-04

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio — An inmate in the Butler County Jail tested positive over the weekend for COVID-19, according to the Butler County sheriff.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the inmate was showing signs of a fever and was tested for COVID-19. Once the results came back as positive, the inmate was moved to another jail facility in Butler County which was emptied and prepared to handle any inmates who tested positive for COVID-19.

"My corrections and medical staff have prepared diligently to handle any inmate that tests positive for COVID-19," Sheriff Richard Jones said in the release. "We were lucky for a while but rest assured, we will protect staff and inmate population the best we can..."

This is the first, and only, inmate in the Butler County Jail to test positive for COVID-19. The inmate's cellmate was also tested, but their results have not come back yet.