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COVID-19 spread detected among Cass County Jail inmates

The number of inmates infected is unknown, and jail nursing staff are working to test inmates for COVID-19, cases of which are surging around the region and nation.

Cass County Jail in Fargo.
Cass County Jail in Fargo.
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FARGO — The Cass County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday, Jan. 14, that the coronavirus has spread into one of the housing units at the county jail.

The number of inmates infected is unknown, and jail nursing staff are working to test inmates for COVID-19, cases of which are surging around the region and nation.

"At this time, no one is experiencing any medical difficulties," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Before the spread of COVID-19 was detected, the jail was using isolation procedures with the goal of preventing infections.

Since the spread of the virus was discovered, "A modified jail lockdown has been put into place for everyone’s safety," the sheriff's office said. "In addition, a modified intake of individuals into the jail has been put into place to utilize space for additional intakes. The Cass County Jail will still accept those individuals who pose a safety concern or risk to our community."

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The modified lockdown and intake procedures will continue until the virus spread is contained, the sheriff's office said.

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