COVID-19: Peoria County Jail on lockdown after 8 detainees test positive –

PEORIA (WEEK) – A total of eight inmates at the Peoria County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 according to Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell.

He said all of those who tested positive had been in custody for more than 14 days.

However Asbell said two of the individuals who tested positive have since been released.

One was a sentenced offender completing a local sentence and will need to return at a later date to complete sentence requirement the other was released prior to receiving test results.

Two of the positive detainees are sentenced to IDOC however remain in custody due to the State suspension on IDOC admissions. 

He said they are working with the Peoria City/County Department and inmate healthcare staff to manage those infected and determine the scope of additional exposures.

This comes after two Peoria County Jail employees contracted the virus earlier this month. On July 10, Asbell confirmed the employees were isolating at home for 14 days.

Asbell said they started Covid testing last week on the inmate population due to reported staff infection and will continue to test all individuals incarcerated inside the jail.

He said they are still sorting through this as there may be an impact on other County operations such as court procedures.

Asbell did not confirm whether the detainees were male or female.

It is unclear if these two new confirmed cases are related to the two employees.

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