Butler County Jail inmate tests positive for coronavirus

Butler County Jail.
Butler County Jail.

A Butler County Jail inmate and his cell mate have been moved to another jail facility after the 35-year-old man tested positive for the coronavirus.

Over the weekend, the Butler County Jail medical staff tested an inmate who was exhibiting a low grade fever for COVID-19, according to the sheriff’s office. After the test yielded a positive result, the inmate and cell mate were moved to a facility that has been emptied and prepped to handle inmates who test positive for the virus.

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The cell mate has also been tested with results pending. The Butler County Jail has only one COVID-19 confirmed case.

“My corrections and medical staff have prepared diligently to handle any inmate that tests positive for COVID-19,” said Sheriff Richard Jones. “We were lucky for a while but rest assured, we will protect staff and the inmate population the best we can to ensure everyone’s safety during these unprecedented times.”