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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Jeffco Deputy Assigned to Jail Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Jefferson County, CO. – On March 31, 2020, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office learned one of our own has tested positive for COVID-19. The deputy was assigned to the jail but is now spending time at home in isolation. It is not known where or when the deputy contracted the virus. Sheriff Shrader told all employees, “This news is sobering, and it serves as an unwelcome reminder for us all to be diligent as we approach our duties each and every moment of every day. This unseen enemy - while unrelenting - cannot be allowed to beat us.”

The Sheriff’s Office and the deputy are working closely with Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) for the safety of all involved. When JCPH is notified of a positive case of COVID-19, public health staff immediately begins investigations to identify where or how the individual could have contracted the virus. JCPH also works quickly to identify any close contacts of the individual, such as family members, coworkers or others, who could have been exposed. If there are other suspected exposures, those individuals are also notified.

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must isolate themselves from contact with others. They should stay isolated until:

  • They have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
  • Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
  • At least 7 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared.
  • Close contacts are also instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, even if they haven’t tested positive for COVID-19.

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