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2 Yellowstone County jail workers test negative for COVID-19

Sheriff says positive case traveled out of state
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Posted at 3:47 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 17:50:22-04

Two Yellowstone County jail workers have tested negative for COVID-19, Sheriff Mike Linder said Monday, and the one employee who had a positive test likely contracted the disease while traveling.

One of the jail workers was sent home last Thursday after showing flu-like symptoms, and the other sought testing on his own last week, Linder said in a news release.

The worker who tested positive called in sick before this shift on Thursday, March 19. He had last worked on Sunday, March 15 and had been gone on an out-of-state trip.

That worker's assignents required little if any close contact with inmates and minimal contact with staff, according to Linder.

Six reported cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coroavirus, have been reported in Yellowstone County. Montana has 34 cases of as Monday.

Here's the full press release:

We have received information that the Detention officer who was sent home last Thursday, tested negative for the Covid -19 Virus. In addition, another Detention Officer who went in for testing on his own accord last week also came back negative for the virus.

It is suspected that the one detention officer, who tested positive, may have contracted the virus during an out of state trip before returning to work at the facility. His duty assignments required little if any close contact with the inmates and minimal contact with staff before he was sent home.

Thank You,

Sheriff Linder