Wichita Co. Jail taking precautions after arresting COVID-19 patient for family violence

Wichita Co. Jail taking precautions after arresting COVID-19 patient for family violence
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office is taking extra precautions after bringing their first COVID-19 patient into the jail.

WF police arrested the patient on an assault - family violence charge Wednesday. The inmate tested positive for COVID-19 in early May, according to Wichita County Sheriff David Duke.

The suspect was taken to the Wichita County Jail annex and they are being held in a medical isolation cell.

The inmate is not showing any symptoms but Jail officials still wanted to take precautions while interacting with them.

“The reason why we put her in there is that any air that she breathed in there without a mask on that air is taken out of that cell and goes directly out of the jail, it does not go in to the air system in the jail," said Sheriff Duke. "It’s a separate system from the air coming in and out of the jail in the jail AC vents and system.”

Officers knew the suspect was a COVID-19 patient and took the necessary precautions prior to arrest because the suspect’s address was registered in WFPD’s system in conjunction with the Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District.

Sheriff Duke said this is the first and only suspect in the Wichita County Jail who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 and Jail staff wear medical suits while interacting with them.

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