First inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Western Tidewater Regional Jail


FILE – This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 particle isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md. Coronaviruses, including the newest one, are named for the spikes that cover their outer surface like a crown, or corona in Latin. Using those club-shaped spikes, the virus latches on to the outer wall of a human cell, invades it and replicates, creating viruses to hijack more cells. (NIAID/NIH via AP)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — An inmate at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail has tested positive for COVID-19.

William Smith, superintendent at Western Tidewater Regional Jail, said this is the first inmate at the facility to test positive for the virus.

Smith said the inmate was already isolation before the positive test came back, but there are 30 inmates that are being tested due to possible contact.

Those test results should be in within a couple days, Smith said.

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