Detention deputy tests positive, another presumptive for COVID-19

Sedgwick Co. detention deputy tests positive, another presumptive for COVID-19

She said deputies have issued recognizance bonds to those arrested on certain misdemeanor offenses, such as driving under the influence, and the sheriff's office has been working with the state's attorney's office to reduce those jailed on out-of-county warrants. The deputy is in isolation at home, and family members are quarantined at home.

This order is in response to the rapidly rising number of those testing positive for COVID-19 and to encourage measures that can help to flatten the curve.

"Any coworkers that might have been around this particular deputy are told to still report to work", said Easter.

"While more and more Riverside County residents are getting COVID-19, not everybody's getting the message", said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. Public health officials have said the Wichita area is experiencing community spread of the novel coronavirus.

"We have had anxiety in the sheriff's office since these two cases have arisen. It's no different here".

It's unclear if Hopkins was tested for coronavirus and if those results came back. The inmate was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on October 27, 2019, on numerous charges of felony burglary and felony evading. On April 1, 2020, the inmate gave birth to a healthy baby girl. There are 575 single beds, meaning most of the inmates are in bunks or in a dormitory where the beds are a few feet apart - less than the recommended social distancing of 6 feet. Her last shift at the jail was Tuesday, and has not returned to the jail since.

Jason Tidd is a reporter at The Wichita Eagle covering breaking news, crime and courts.



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