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Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Confirms First COVID-19 Positive Inmate In County Jails

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says it has confirmed the first inmate in county jails to test positive for COVID-19.

MCSO said an individual displayed COVID-19 symptoms during an intake screening and was subsequently put in an isolation cell.

The inmate was then transferred to a Medical Observation Housing Unit and tested for COVID-19.

While the test was pending, the individual was released on April 29. On April 30, the test came back positive.

MCSO says it is identifying staff that potentially had contact with the inmate.

So far, 123 MCSO inmates have been tested, and 15 are currently in isolation pending results.

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Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.