Lexington Detention Center Reports First Positive Test

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Yesterday the first inmate housed within the Lexington Division of Community Corrections tested positive for coronavirus.

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Lexington Division of Community Corrections reports first inmate to test positive for coronavirus

Inmate received test Monday and was moved to medical isolation

Inmates in same unit also isolated

According to Public Information Officer Captain Matt LeMonds, the inmate began showing symptoms and received a test Monday. He was moved to medical isolation while other inmates in his unit were isolated.

The Division of Community Corrections is working with the Lexington Health Department for guidance on how to reduce the risk for other inmates, Corrections officers, and staff. The Division is also working on conducting additional testing. 

Coronavirus has spread throughout several Kentucky detention centers, especially taking a toll on the Green River Correctional Complex, the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, and the Kentucky State Reformatory. 

As of Aug. 4, according to the Kentucky Department of Corrections, 129 prison staff and 838 inmates have tested positive for the virus. Ten inmates have died. 

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