Fort Stockton prison sees spike in COVID-19 cases

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FORT STOCKTON, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – An outbreak of Coronavirus cases in Pecos Couty has officials acting swiftly to minimize transmission.

“TDCJ had a strike force came through here and they tested all of the inmates or offenders and the employees at the Fort Stockton N5 Unit and they also both the offenders and the employees at the line aisle unit,” said Joe Shuster, the Pecos County Judge.

He said the task force conducted these tests 10 days ago and it resulted in 65 additional positive cases. The county now having a total of 67 active cases but he said for now they have things under control.

“I believe the prison has isolated these people. If there is a problem and some need hospitalization or something to that affect we havea hospital here but we can only hold up to a few,” he added.

At this time he is unsure if the task force will be returning to the prison to conduct more tests but for now, their focus is on eliminating the spread.

“Just going to take it one day at a time and see what happens hopefully there’s not any of the offenders that need to be hospitalized. We’ve not had anybody that’s been hospitalized from COVID-19 here yet.”

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