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VPRJ: 78 inmates test positive for COVID-19

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Erin Zagursky, W&M News)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Erin Zagursky, W&M News)

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail tested all its staff members and inmates for the coronavirus last week.

The results? 78 inmates and seven staff members are positive for the virus.

“All 78 inmates who tested positive are currently asymptomatic, this is in addition to the single inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 last week,” according to the VPRJ’s Facebook post on Dec. 24.

On Dec. 22, VPRJ announced in a news release they would test all the jail’s inmates and staff for the coronavirus after an inmate and an unknown number of staff members tested positive the week before.

Around 450 tests were administered by the Virginia Army National Guard and the Virginia Department of Health.

“VPRJ remains in contact with the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) epidemiologist, as well as our local Peninsula Health District and our on-site medical staff,” according to VPRJ’s news release. “VPRJ remains committed to the health and safety of our inmate population and will provide updates as appropriate.”

Here are the latest numbers for the Historic Triangle, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health’s website:

Here are the latest positive coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Historic Triangle, information courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health. (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)
Here are the latest positive coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Historic Triangle, information courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health. (WYDaily/ Screenshot by Julia Marsigliano)

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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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