16 more cases of COVID-19 found at Grayson County Jail

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
A Grayson County corrections officer cleans at the GC Jail in this file photo from early this year

The number of COVID-19 positive inmates at the Grayson County Jail is has jumped into the double digits.

A statement sent out by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon said that an additional 16 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 20.

GCSO announced Thursday for the first time since the pandemic started that there were positive cases at the jail.

Smitherman said Wednesday that the COVID-19 inmates 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 inmates are being monitored by our onsite medical staff,” GCSO Capt. Harvey Smitherman said in his statement.

He said that the jail has been following CDC and Grayson County Health Department recommendations since the virus started spreading in Grayson County.

“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,” he said.