Concerned family member speaks out about COVID-19 cases in Midland County Jail

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – This weekend Micheal Babb got the call he has feared since the start of the pandemic; his partner, an inmate at the Midland County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’m really worried about her. She has children, she has an 11-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter that count on her to come out of this healthy and alive. She isn’t being given that opportunity,” he said.

To make the situation worse she has diabetes and is also in cancer remission. Babb said, “With her underlying health conditions it could be a death sentence for her.”

According to Babb, she said they aren’t given the proper medical attention, PPE, and they are only given mop water to clean the cells.

“With the 16 women and only 4 cells there is no way to social distancing to work and then they aren’t giving them anything to sanitize their cells with. Pretty much not even getting them handsoap to sanitize. She says she has been using her shampoo to wash her hands with,” he said.

Terry Johnson, the Midland County Judge said these concerns have not been brought to his attention and as far as he is concerned they are given PPE.

“I’m in direct contact with the sheriff and his folks everything is being done. I’ll definitely be looking into it but our jail and the people in the jail are a whole lot better than that they really are,” said Johnson.

The Sheriff’s Office informing us in a press release that 8 female inmates and 2 male inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

When asked about the social distancing they said “As to the specifics of their isolation, a specific description would compromise jail safety and security.”

The Health Department says they are working closely with the Midland County Jail to trace these positive cases and stop any further spread.

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