Duval County Sheriff confirms 4 sheriff employees positive for COVID-19

Staff Writer
Alice Echo News Journal

SAN DIEGO - Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez released a message via Facebook on Monday that confirmed four of the sheriff’s department tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

"Good afternoon citizens of Duval County. The Duval Sheriff’s Office has had four confirmed cases regarding COVID-19. The departments affected and confirmed within the office are (1) Patrol Officer, (1) Administrator , (1) Communications Operator and ( 1) Correctional Officer. We believe these Positive cases are travel related,“ Sheriff’s message on Facebook. ”Three of the employees confirmed have been on quarantine for over 10 days now and are on there way to recovery from the virus and doing well. The fourth employee confirmed has been on quarantine since Saturday and is doing well.“

Sheriff Ramirez wants to assure the citizens that his department has taken all the necessary precautions in relation to testing as well as mandatory self quarantine.

Effective Monday all staff has been tested and results have been negative.

“We are in the process of testing our inmates that are currently housed in our facility. We are also periodically having our office and jail sanitized by a professional company. We are aware that this puts a strain on the department, but we are collaboratively working with Dept of Transportation State Troopers, US Border Patrol, Constables and other local Law Enforcement Agencies. This is not the time to become lax or let our guard down,” Sheriff Ramirez said. “This illness is attacking all types of communities. I ask, that as a community, we come together and cooperate with CDC guidelines as well as orders put in place by our County Government. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.”