Number of COVID-19 cases grow at Rockdale Sheriff’s Office

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New case announced today(April 6)

An inmate at the Rockdale County Jail has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the number to five involving the Rockdale Sheriff’s Office including Sheriff Eric Levett and three employees who have tested positive.

Sheriff Levett released a statement on April 4 that the Georgia Department of Health had notified him that his COVID-19 test was positive. Levett said he was on a 14-day quarantine because he was not feeling well when he received the results.

Caption Jason Welch, Jail Commander, confirmed the latest case involving the inmate at the Rockdale Jail. The inmate was initially diagnosed with thrush after running a low-grade temperature on March 28 at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital. The inmate was returned to the jail on the same day and quarantined. The jail’s medical staff conducted a COVID-19 test and the result came back positive on April 5, according to the April 6 news release.

“After examination by Piedmont Rockdale medical personnel, our medical staff was advised that the inmate’s fever was due to thrush in his mouth that caused a fungal infection. The inmate was returned to the Rockdale County Jail on March 28, 2020 and placed on medical quarantine,” spokesman Deputy Lee  Thomas said in the news release.

Three additional inmates who were in contact with the positive inmate were also placed on medical quarantine immediately, Thomas said.

Three of the four inmates have since been released on their own recognizance bonds. The one inmate who was not released remains in medical quarantine and medical staff will continue to monitor him.

No other inmates are exhibiting symptoms at this time, Thomas said.

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One comment

  • Natascha

    April 7, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Yeah one of these inmates that was released was my husband that was in Rockdale co for terroristic threat against my self. He was released to be able to continue to harass me and my family. There is a TPO in place to protect us, well so I thought. He was released on Sunday April 5 and he immediately started in on me. I called the police to make a report and was told they weee going to do NOTHING about it. So not only is he out in the streets with this very dangerous virus but he is being allowed to contact me and bother me. The officer I spoke with said they were Not going to arrest him. So pretty much mine and my children are NOT SAFE IN OUR HOME at this point. So he can come and hurt us and there will be nothing done!!! So much for serving and protecting the citizens of this county


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