Jackson County jail's kitchen closed due to possible COVID-19 exposure

Jackson County Jail
Posted at 7:19 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 20:19:48-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A possible COVID-19 exposure closed the kitchen at the Jackson County Detention Center and landed several staff members and inmates in quarantine.

A statement from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office does not give the date of the possible exposure or how long the kitchen was closed.

The kitchen underwent a deep and thorough cleaning before it reopened, according to the statement.

Those who might have been exposed to COVID-19 have been tested, but the results are not yet known.

The statement says the sheriff's department is following the guidelines from the Jackson County Health Department to keep inmates and staff safe.

The department says two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in medical isolation, while three non-inmates have tested positive.

A total of 32 inmates are in quarantine due to possible exposure or because of answers provided on a medical screening questionnaire.

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