UTAH

Davis County updates first cases of COVID-19 at correctional facility

Dec 19, 2020, 3:23 PM | Updated: 3:25 pm
Davis County jail covid 19...
The Davis County Sheriffs office has reported the first cases of COVID-19 at the Davis County Correctional Facility. Photo: KSLTV Screengrab

FARMINGTON, Utah — The Davis County Sheriff’s Office reports that a rapid-test conducted on Friday concluded that an inmate at the Davis County Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Davis County Sheriff reports 29 positive cases in inmates, 1 positive case in an employee, 2 symptomatic inmates, and 4 exposed inmates showing no symptoms.

According to a statement, there are currently 375 people housed at the Davis County Correctional Facility. The Sheriff reports that 83 people shared extended space with the impacted inmate in what they refer to as a pod and that 35 people shared closer quarters with the inmate.

Rapid-tests were conducted on the 35 inmates in the infected inmate’s housing unit. The initial results found that 18 people tested positive for COVID-19 and that “some” of those people have symptoms.

RELATED: A COVID-19 positive Utah prison inmate has died, cause unclear

The Sheriff reports that 11 people tested negative with symptoms, and 6 tested negative with no symptoms. Those who tested positive “will be placed in isolation and those who were exposed will be placed in quarantine,” according to the statement.

“We have been steadfast in our efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus throughout our facility,” said Sheriff Kelly V. Sparks, “taking a variety of precautions and implementing multiple procedures to reduce risk and possible exposure.”

“Given the amount of time that COVID-19 has been in the community, the fact that this is the first time for those in our care and custody to test positive demonstrates the steps we have taken are working.”

Those measures include limited entrance to the facility, requiring face masks to be worn at all times by everyone in the correctional facility, weekly rapid testing of all personnel, the temporary suspension of in-person visits with inmates at the facility, daily temperature checks of personnel and contract providers, early release of low-risk offenders, and routine testing and 14-day quarantine of any individual entering the custody of the Davis County Correctional Facility.


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet).
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities).
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

Man dies at flight show during his performance in shockwave jet truck....
Waverly Golden

Man dies during performance at Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show

Battle Creek Police Department, Federal Aviation Administration Officials, and the fire department are still investigating the accident. 
1 day ago
SUV Crashes into Famous Footwear in Sugar House....
Waverly Golden

Update: Vehicle crashes into Famous Footwear, leaving four injured

A crash at a Famous Footwear in Sugar House leaves four injured.
1 day ago
Map of Layton City firework restrictions...
Waverly Golden

Layton City is under extreme firework restrictions

A Facebook post by Layton City said a firework ban is in place east of Highway 89 and hazard zones. Citations will be issued for violations.
1 day ago
Photo of Riverton Police, the ones who sent out the amber alert, vehicle...
Mark Jones

8-year-old boy struck by car in Riverton, suffers head injury

Riverton police an 8-year-old boy suffered a head injury Friday night after a collision with a vehicle. The boy was transported to Primary Children's Hospital.
2 days ago
Utah deadliest days UHP investigates double fatal accident....
Mark Jones

One person dead in three-vehicle crash in southern Utah

The Utah Highway Patrol reports that one person died Friday following a three-vehicle crash in southern Utah. One other person was transported to the hospital with injuries.
2 days ago
Herbert Cox statement Reyes election lawsuit...
Mark Jones

State of Utah files lawsuit against pharmaceutical retailers

Three pharmaceutical retailers are facing a lawsuit from the State of Utah. The lawsuit was filed the week of July 1.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Davis County updates first cases of COVID-19 at correctional facility