On Monday, August 24, 2020, the Alamance County Detention Facility reported five COVID- 19 positive cases. This information was reported from the Piedmont Correctional Institution when two inmates were transported last Friday and subsequently tested positive at state prison facilities. In addition to the COVID-19 positive inmates, three staff members have also tested positive.
Inmates within the Alamance County Detention Facility are included in Alamance County’s daily COVID-19 case count, as well as staff members that reside in Alamance County. This data will also be included on the biweekly Congregate Living Settings report for NC DHHS. NC DHHS defines an outbreak as two confirmed cases within a congregate living facility.
The Alamance County Detention Facility and the Alamance County Health Department are working in conjunction to mitigate this outbreak. Since March, the Sheriff’s Office has worked hard to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increased cleaning and sanitizing of facilities, mandatory use of masks for staff, and the distribution of personal hygiene kits to inmates.
In response to the recent COVID-19 positive cases, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the Alamance County Health Department will continue to work closely to implement additional safety precautions that help protect both inmates and staff. Within the next 48 hours, all staff and inmates will be tested with plans for ongoing testing and surveillance, and all inmates entering the Alamance County Detention facility will be quarantined or tested.
NC DHHS posts twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday) congregate living facility surveillance reports on their website at https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/dashboard/Weekly-COVID19- Ongoing-Outbreaks.pdf