BCSO: Bexar County inmate experiencing flu-like symptoms, will be held in quarantined cell

‘If the real thing comes along, we know how to handle it,’ Sheriff Salazar says

Bexar County Sheriff's Office holds press conference on extra precautions being taken in case of coronavirus.
Bexar County Sheriff's Office holds press conference on extra precautions being taken in case of coronavirus. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Jail is taking extra precautions after they say an inmate claimed he was exposed to the coronavirus.

Bexar County Sheriff Salazar addressed the public Sunday afternoon and said the inmate is experiencing flu-like symptoms and will be in a quarantined cell out of an abundance of caution.

They said it’s likely the inmate has the flu or a cold, but the jail is taking extra precautions just in case.

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With 4,100 inmates, the sheriff said even just the flu could be an issue.

“We have 4,100 inmates... and flu could cause some problems for us,” Salazar said. “Whether or not this turns to be something else, he’s in the right place.”

No cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Bexar County or in Texas as of yet.

We’ll bring more details as they become available.


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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.