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COVID-19 Cases Increasing In Maricopa County Jails

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says cases of COVID-19 are increasing among inmates in county jails. 

In a statement, county spokesman Fields Moseley said positive cases in the jails have risen from six to 30 since May 30.

Moseley said 23 of the cases are still in custody in four different jails, where they are isolated. He said there are 78 inmates in isolation waiting on pending tests

Moseley said contact tracing takes place immediately among the inmate population and staff and the Sheriff's Office is identifying staff that potentially had close contact with infected individuals.

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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.