ROCKFORD — A Winnebago County jail inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.
The man, in his 40s, has been in custody since March 30, according to the sheriff’s department. He is being held on domestic battery charges and for a parole violation from the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The inmate was being held in a single cell at the time he became symptomatic.
All inmates are screened for COVID-19 upon arrival at the jail, according to the news release. Symptomatic and asymptomatic inmates are isolated from the general population in separate pods.
Asymptomatic inmates are housed in a quarantine pod for at least 14 days before they are placed in general population.
Inmates with COVID-19 symptoms are placed in medical quarantine and tested for the virus. Positive cases are isolated from the general population, and, if symptoms warrant, are transferred to a hospital for care.
The jail continues to undergo regular, comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting and all the detainees are required to wear personal protective equipment when they leave their pods. Visitor restrictions have been in place at the jail for several weeks.
"Even before the virus was detected in Winnebago County, our corrections staff implemented procedures to keep inmates and officers in the facility safe from the illness," said Sheriff Gary Caruana. "The health and safety of all the citizens in our community is of the utmost importance, and we will do whatever we can to limit the spread of the illness within the jail population, especially to those who are most vulnerable to adverse outcomes."
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