On Friday June 12, 2020 the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office began to test inmates in the Jefferson County jail in Birmingham and Jefferson County jail in Bessemer for COVID 19.  Test were done for those inmates who wanted to be tested.  Our medical provider NaphCare partnered with the Jefferson County Health Department to test 201 inmates.  The testing results confirmed one positive test for COVID 19.  That inmate is being held in medical isolation and appropriate steps have been taken to monitor those whom he might have been in close contact with.  We will be making COVID 19 testing available for staff members soon and continued testing will be made available for inmates.  We are taking extraordinary steps to combat the spread of COVID 19 within our facilities.  We will continue to screen all incoming inmates in our outside booking tent before they enter our facility.