COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An employee at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to the office.
The employee is a deputy assigned to the Franklin County Correctional Center II and was last at the facility for a shift on Monday. He tested positive Thursday evening, March 26.
The sheriff’s office did not release any more information as to the identity of the patient.
“The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will continue to support both the Columbus and Franklin County Public Health Departments in their investigation to identify and take appropriate measures for other co-workers and inmates,” the office wrote in a statement.
According to a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, the sheriff’s office had three negative tests for the virus prior to the deputy’s diagnosis.
The deputy was with two other deputies on Monday, and those deputies have been told to self-quarantine for two weeks and to contact their doctors. Another six deputies were in contact with the patient over the weekend, and they have also been told to self-quarantine.
The Sheriff’s Office said it is not aware of those eight deputies showing symptoms.