SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A Santa Clara County Main Jail inmate tested positive Sunday for the novel coronavirus and a San Jose police officer may have been exposed, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
The 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, was arrested on Friday, March 20, reported feeling sick during his booking into the jail and let prison staff know a family member of his had returned from Europe a few days earlier.READ MORE: Storm Front Packing Potential Lightning Strikes Headed Toward San Francisco Bay Area
He was reportedly masked and taken to an isolation cell. He was taken to the prison’s infirmary, isolated, tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus infection and confirmed infected on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. The prisoner remains in quarantine under medical monitoring.READ MORE: Three Injured In High-Speed Head-On Collision During Weekend Mobile Sideshow Caravan
A San Jose police officer was also possibly exposed, sheriff’s officials said.MORE NEWS: Berkeley Announces $50,000 Reward In Cold Case Murder Of Tobias Eagle
The sheriff’s office also confirmed arrestees were being screened for COVID-19 symptoms including dry cough, fever or shortness of breath outside of the jail now.