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87 Nueces County inmates test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 8:54 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 22:50:55-04

Nearly all of the dozens of inmates at the Nueces County McKinzie Jail Annex have tested positive for COVID-19, KRIS 6 News learned Sunday night.

"Nueces County reported Sunday that 87 of 90 inmates held at the Nueces County McKinzie Jail Annex have tested positive for coronavirus," said a release from Nueces County officials.

Both inmates and employees who were at risk of exposure will self-quarantine and be tested, the release said.

"Inmates and staff at the facility will be tested and quarantined as necessary," the release states. "Visitors, including family and any county employees, contractors or vendors who have recently been in the facility will be traced and contacted to assess their risk, with testing available for those at risk."

As a reminder, residents are still reminded to follow these guidelines for public health:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Wear a face covering in all public areas
  • Leave 6 feet or more between you and others (non-family members)
  • Wash your hands as often as possible
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid being around people who are sick
  • If sick, stay home and self-isolate