FULTON COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Authorities said a Fulton County Jail inmate is currently hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus. They said a chronic illness may have made him more susceptible to it.
Officials said jail staff are working to determine who was in contact with the inmate before his diagnosis, and said his roommate is currently in isolation.READ MORE: Southbound I-275 Lanes On Howard Frankland Bridge To Close August 15
They said other inmates are on lockdown, but have not shown any symptoms of the virus. Officials said the jail has sanitized the floor where the inmate was housed and said they enhanced their strict cleaning regimen following the COVID-19 outbreak.READ MORE: Two Teens Charged In Connection With A Traffic Fatality
Authorities said staff are required to protect themselves and others and stay home if they get sick.
The Fulton County Jail system said it has worked to mitigate jail overcrowding during the pandemic, starting last Friday, by releasing 30 inmates who were evaluated and deemed eligible for early release.MORE NEWS: Toyota Is Offering To Buy Back An Electric SUV Because Its Wheels Could Fall Off
They also confirmed the Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge has suspended trials and said the court is still scheduling first appearance hearings at the jail Monday through Saturday. They said the judge has also issued an order to not allow any spectators.