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Bexar County jail inmate tests negative for COVID-19 after showing flu-like symptoms, BCSO says

BCSO taking other safety precautions

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SAN ANTONIOUpdate: Test results determined the inmate showing symptoms of coronavirus tested negative for COVID-19, according to Bexar County officials.

There are currently no known inmates with COVID-19 at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, however, officials are still awaiting test results on another inmate.

“Currently, we are still awaiting COVID-19 test results for the inmate who came into contact with the UHS Physician who tested positive for COVID-19,” officials told KSAT Thursday.

Original story: The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is taking precautions after a male inmate at the jail presented flu-like symptoms, officials said.

BCSO said the inmate was immediately isolated and placed in a negative pressure cell. He is being medically evaluated and has been tested for other illnesses, including COVID-19, as a precaution, officials said.

The test results are pending.

BCSO said current indications are that the inmate may have something as simple as a cold.

BCSO said health and safety protocols are underway. It said no inmates are under full medical quarantine and all new inmates will be getting screened for the novel coronavirus.

KSAT will update you with any new information when it becomes available.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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