HINDS COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – According to leaders with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, 74 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported at the Raymond Detention Center as well as the Work Center in Raymond.
Captain Tyree Jones said there are a total of 74 positive cases, with 60 cases being detainees and 14 cases being employees at the Raymond facilities.
Jones said other employees assigned to other divisions have tested positive and are being quarantined. Those numbers are not available at this time.
Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance said 188 people were randomly tested at the Raymond Detention Center last week. He said most of the inmate cases came from people who recently entered the facility.
“There is rapid tests that we are giving, and if they come back positive on the rapid test, then we are quarantining them right away,” said Vance.
The sheriff said one of the employees who tested positive has been hospitalized, but all other cases were asymptomatic.
“Jail population is a reflection of the general community, and I think everybody knows, especially people in the news business, that we’re seeing an uptick that relates to the Delta variant in our area,” Vance stated.
Visitation has been suspended at the Raymond Detention Center, and the sheriff said the facility is being thoroughly cleaned. He said more COVID-19 tests will be administered.
“We have been testing for recent months on a random basis, and testing is actually a good thing. We’re going to keep the testing up because that’s how we found out about this particular outbreak,” he said.
Vance said the department is still waiting for more test results to come back.