Bexar County Jail has 70 COVID-19 positive inmates amid upward trend, Salazar says

39 deputies are COVID-19 positive

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says officials are seeing an upward trend in COVID-19 cases at the Bexar County Jail.

During a virtual news briefing on Monday, Salazar said 70 inmates inside the Bexar County Jail have COVID-19, and 48 are asymptomatic.

A total of 39 BCSO deputies — 32 detention deputies and 7 patrol deputies — have contracted the virus, he said. Three civilian employees have also tested positive.

Salazar said the jail has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases since mid-June, but cases have not reached the peak in cases seen in mid-May.

Over 1,000 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths reported this weekend in San Antonio, Bexar County

In May, officials reported about 300 COVID-19 positive inmates at the peak, which lasted six to eight days.

“When we started testing, that’s what caused us to get a true picture,” Salazar said.

The trend decreased to about 20-30 cases in mid-June, he said.

Sanitation in common areas increased from twice a day to three times a day, he said.

Bexar County is continuing to see a rapid spread of the virus, resulting in 18 deaths over the weekend.

City officials announced 1,046 COVID-19 new cases combined on Saturday and Sunday. The city’s total case count is now 19,648 and the death toll is 184, according to the city’s website.

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