RAYMONDVILLE, Texas– Willacy County is now addressing the recent rise of COVID-19 cases as well as the positive cases reported at the county jail.
After two more employees tested positive for COVID-19 at the Willacy County jail this week, officials tested all inmates and jail employees.
“We made the decision to test all Willacy County Sheriff’s Department employees, not just the jail staff. In addition, the sheriff’s department contracted with an independent company to deep clean and sanitize the entire jail,” said Aurelio Guerra, Willacy County Judge.
According to Judge Guerra, Willacy County Commissioners Court has approved the purchase of a negative pressure isolation cell for the county jail in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.
“The negative pressure isolation cell will be used to house an individual in custody who is or may have symptoms of coronavirus or other airborne diseases from escaping the room and infecting other people,” he said.
Five inmates and four employees of the sheriff’s office have now tested positive. Officials are currently waiting for the rest of the results.
Due to the rise of cases around Willacy County, Judge Guerra announced more testing sites will be available.
“The testing will take place next week for any individual who wishes to be tested, and includes those who have no symptoms of coronavirus,” said Guerra.
The testing will be at no cost and will not require pre-registration which means individuals can register on-site.
Testing will beginning on June 8th from 8am-5pm, at the following locations:
- June 8th and 9th at the Sebastian Fire Station
- June 10th at the Lyford Fire Station
- June 11th at the Port Mansfield, site location to be announced
- June 12th at the LaSara, site location to be announced
- June 13th at the San Perlita Fire Station