Eight Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office employees are under self-quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19, a spokesperson reported. However, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has had no confirmed cases of COVID-19, Caitlyn Espinosa told The Herald on Tuesday.
Espinoza also said no county inmate has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Of the eight employees under self-quarantine — two are isolating themselves due to traveling in areas where the virus is known to be spreading and six as a precaution due to possible contact.
Espinosa did not elaborate as to whether the employees were deputies, jailers or administrative staff. Twelve Harris County Sheriff’s Office employees have tested positive for COVID-19, authorities reported.
Two Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies received positive COVID-19 test results on Monday, bringing the agency’s total number of confirmed cases among staff to 12, the sheriff’s department reported.
The two recent cases in Harris County involved male deputies — one in his late 20s and the other in his late 40s — assigned to patrol. One of the two most recent cases is a deputy is in his late 40s, who works in patrol. His last day on duty was March 21. He is now quarantined at home.
The second recent case is a male sergeant in his early 30s, who works in the 1200 Baker Street jail facility. His last day on duty was March 22. He is now quarantined at home.
There are currently 130 Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies, detention officers and support staff on quarantine for possible COVID-19 exposure.
Two of these employees are currently in the hospital. Twenty-three previously quarantined employees have now been cleared to return to duty.
Nearly 50 Harris County Sheriff’s Office employees have been tested, but are still awaiting results. Fourteen employees have received negative test results.