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The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Daviess County Health Department that they had a positive test result with a recently incarcerated inmate for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Three Daviess County Sheriff’s Department deputies, three Washington Police Department officers, five jailers and other individuals who have had contact with the inmate have been tested and placed in quarantine

“Due to procedures already in place, the inmate has been kept in quarantine and has not been in the general population,” said Sheriff Gary Allison.

As required, Sheriff Allison has notified public health officials and the department is following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Health Department.

“We are taking every step recommended by authorities to contain the spread,” said Sheriff Allison.

“No further information will be released at this time. Please know that we are bound by Federal guidelines under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protect the privacy of inmates and staff, who may not want their conditions known,” Sheriff Allison noted.

“Developments are changing day by day and minute by minute. Our focus remains on protecting and serving the community we live in, including those who are incarcerated.”