Lucas Co. Jail employee, inmate diagnosed with COVID-19

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp confirmed that an employee and an inmate at the jail have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

A nurse tested positive on March 30, was temporarily hospitalized and released. The inmate tested positive on March 29 at the hospital. She agreed to a plea in her court case, is currently home and will be returning for sentencing at a later date.

Sheriff Tharp said staff at the jail has taken time to judge who really needs to be in the facility, and that the only people who need to be there are people who are a threat to society and those who are a flight risk.

Judges have made attempts to reduce the number of people in the facility as well.

Tharp said employees were getting masks and the unit that contained the infected inmate has been sanitized, as is the entire facility daily.

All visitors are made to wear masks and all inmates have their temperature taken when they are booked and are kept in the booking area for 72 hours.

Once they are determined safe to go to the general population, they are moved. Temperatures are routinely monitored.