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COVID outbreak at Raymond Detention Center affecting 74 people

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 10:58 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Hinds County Sheriff’s Office is reporting an outbreak at Raymond Detention Facility and the Work Center in Raymond.

There are 65 positive cases as of Tuesday morning, with 60 detainees and 14 employees who have tested positive at the facilities.

HCSO says more employees have tested positive and are quarantining. That additional number is unknown at this time.

Sheriff Lee Vance says this is the largest outbreak they have had since the onset of the pandemic.

“I think we have to face the fact that the jail population is a reflection of the general community and I think everybody knows that we’re seeing an uptick as it relates to the Delta variant in our area,” he said. “So as a result of that more individuals that are coming into our facility are going to test positive.”

The sheriff’s department is now making their employees either get the vaccine or wear a mask at all times.

They’ve ramped up cleaning protocols also in efforts to keep the virus from spreading. They’ve also suspended visits at the jail.

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