Daviess County Sheriff Gary W. Allison has released the following notice:
The Daviess County Sheriff's office was notified by the Daviess County Health Department that we had a positive test result with a recently incarcerated inmate for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday afternoon.
Three deputy sheriffs, three Washington police officers, five jail staff and other individuals who have had contact with the inmate have been tested and placed in quarantine. Due to procedures already in place, the inmate has been kept in quarantine and has not been in general population.
We have notified public health officials, as required, and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Health Department. We are taking every step recommended by authorities to contain the spread.
No further information will be released at this time. Please know that we are bound by federal guidelines under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which protects the privacy of inmates and staff who may not want their conditions known.
Developments are changing day by day and minute by minute. Our focus remains on protecting and serving the community we live in, including those who are incarcerated.
Thank you all for your support. Updates will be provided when possible.