Cameron County jails extend lockdown due to high COVID-19 cases

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CAMERON COUNTY, Texas — Cameron County jails are extending their lockdown as cases remain high within the facilities.

Chief Deputy Gus Reyna told KVEO if somebody gets arrested they will still be taken into one of the facilities.

In mid-July, all Cameron County jails were placed on lockdown due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the facilities, an order now extended past it’s July 31st expiration.

“Effective yesterday August 5th, all three facilities have been placed in quarantine until further notice,” said Reyna.

According to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, as of Wednesday 354 inmates tested positive for the virus and over 700 are quarantined

“Tomorrow or the day after we have the TCJS team coming in again to test all our inmates all over again to see where we’re at,” said Reyna.

Reyna said although most inmates and jailers recuperated, visitations are still prohibited.

“The only movement authorized right now are emergencies, attorney visits, and video court,” he added.

He assured all three jails are following safety protocols by making everyone wear masks and gloves at all times.

“If somebody tests positive within a pot then we want to test everyone there before we move anybody. So we quarantine the whole pot in one section,” he said.

While the county is still booking inmates, no one is being transferred out.

“If somebody is here and already belongs to the state, they won’t transfer the right away because they want to make sure that he or she gets well before they pick them up,” Reyna said.

Not stating a specific date, Reyna said the lock down will be removed in September when their quarantine period ends adding incoming inmates are also being tested before being booked.

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