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Second inmate at Harford County Detention Center tests positive for coronavirus

A second inmate at the Harford County Detention Center has tested positive for the coronavirus, the county’s sheriff’s office reported Friday.

The jail’s first case was reported Monday in an unnamed inmate who had been in the detention center since November of 2019. His roommate, who initially tested negative for the virus, has since tested positive, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office Cristie Hopkins said Friday. The two have been sharing a cell since December.

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“Both inmates continue to be housed in an isolated area away from general population,” Hopkins said.

The jail’s medical services provider is investigating how the virus got into the facility.

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No previous COVID-19 cases had been reported at the jail, located on Rock Spring Road in Bel Air, during the pandemic.

Visitation in the detention center was mostly stopped since March due to the pandemic. Inmates were briefly allowed to host visitors in early November, but as coronavirus numbers spiked, visitation was again suspended on Nov. 12. Visitors had to conform to masking and social distancing guidelines during the week or so visitation was allowed.

As of Monday, 3,259 inmates of correctional facilities across the state had tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Eighteen of those inmates have died. That data does not include the cases in Harford.

Harford County has recorded 9,349 COVID-19 cases as of Friday, corresponding to 173 deaths and four probable deaths.

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