More than a dozen inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Cameron County jail

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CAMERON COUNTY, Texas (KVEO) — A surge of COVID-19 cases at the Carrizalez-Rucker Detention Center has Cameron County officials taking health precautions.

On Wednesday, Cameron County Sheriff Eric Garza stated that 13 inmates at the Cameron County jail tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the sheriff, jail workers are taking precautions to safeguard the health and safety of detention officers, inmates, and the public.

On Thursday, Garza stated that 120 jailers were tested, and two tested positive for COVID-19. One was previously vaccinated.

Additionally, 60 inmates were tested, 13 have tested positive, four were previously vaccinated and three are inconclusive.

Garza said 848 additional inmates will be tested Thursday.

This is the first reported surge of COVID-19 cases reported since Garza took over as sheriff. In July 2020, the Cameron County jail had 400 inmates test positive for COVID-19.

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