The entire population at the Bartow County Jail is in quarantine after 30-plus positive cases of COVID-19 among inmates.
Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said those who have tested positive have been mostly asymptomatic.
Northwest Georgia public health district spokesman Logan Boss said they have been in discussions with jail officials. “There are over 30 cases at the jail and we expect more,” Boss said. “They have been following the recommended guidelines.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 often are cohort quarantines. Cohorting refers to the practice of isolating people infected with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus together as a group, due to a limited number of individual cells.
At this point jails are No. 2 in the top three locations for outbreaks, Boss said. No. 1 is long-term care facilities and No. 3 is schools.
“Other correctional and detention facilities that have had outbreaks include Hays (state prison) and jails in Floyd, Paulding and Chattooga,” Boss said.