Grayson County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that there are four COVID-19 positive people incarcerated at Grayson County Jail and one employee also has tested positive for the virus.


A statement from the GCSO said the inmates, three of whom are in their 40s and one in his 20s, have been isolated from the general population since they started showing symptoms on Monday.


“We also have one staff member that has tested positive. We do not believe that the inmate and the officer positives are related to each other,” the statement said.


The inmates are being monitored by onsite medical staff.


This announcement comes about a month after there was a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases reported in prison around the state according to the Texas Observer.


“Since the start of the spread of the virus in our area the Grayson County Jail has been following recommendations from the CDC and the Grayson County Health Department,” the statement said. “We have been taking temperatures of all staff and vendors that have been entering the facility. Any staff members that are exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed into the building. We have been cleaning and disinfecting the facility multiple times a day. All staff members and inmates have been provided masks to assist with limiting any ongoing spread of COVID-19 within the facility.


As of Tuesday evening, the Grayson County Health Department had reported had reported 389 cases of the virus since the outbreak began and four deaths. There are five new cases and 54 active cases.


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