Though the Travis County Sheriff's Office took a number of steps to prevent the likely eventual appearance of COVID-19 in its detention facilities, two employees at the correctional complex in Del Valle and one administrative support employee had tested positive as of Monday.


On Friday, after the first jail employee was diagnosed, the TCSO released a statement adding:


"It has been determined that the officer followed agency guidelines by wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing. The officer also had very limited interaction with staff and inmates. TCSO's Director of Inmate Medical Services contacted Austin Public Health to get their guidance for next steps. APH advised that the steps being taken at TCSO jail facilities are still sound, and because the officer's interaction was so limited, there is no need to make protocol changes at this time."

Sixteen inmates had been tested for COVID-19 as of Monday, officials said. Fourteen tests were negative and the results of two are still pending.

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