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Cass County Jail takes on its worst COVID-19 outbreak of the pandemic

As of Tuesday, Jan. 18, 35 out of 257 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus, along with six new arrivals.

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The Cass County Jail may eventually have to move to virtual only visitation, if their COVID outbreak gets any worse.
Ben Morris / WDAY News
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FARGO — The Cass County Jail is in the midst of its second and worst outbreak of the pandemic.

As of Tuesday, 35 out of 257 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus, along with six new arrivals.

Only two of the 41 total positives have shown symptoms.

It hasn't only affected the inmates, but the staff too.

"It's 11 jail staff right now, eight full time and three part time, that are out that have been identified as positive right now," said Andrew Frobig, Jail Administrator for Cass County Sheriff's Office.

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As of now, with vacancies, deployments and COVID-19 cases, the jail is down 33 staff members from the 78 they're budgeted for.

Frobig said they've just had to battle through.

"Everybody else that's on duty helps pick up the slack. So they're all doing a fantastic job and working a lot hours. But that's what it takes to get the job done," said Frobig.

Frobig said they jail would likely be finishing up testing Tuesday, and expects numbers to climb after they get the results back.

He said, based on the results, they may make alterations to visitation, and possibly even institute a full blown lockdown.

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