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All inmates, essential staff at Dane County Jail to get COVID-19 tests

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff’s Office will begin testing all inmates and essential staff for COVID-19 as soon as Friday.

Over the weekend, four inmates from the same pod in the Public Safety Building tested positive. As a result, another 22 inmates in that pod were tested. Twelve came back positive, while the remaining 10 were negative. Ten of the inmates who tested positive were asymptomatic.

On Monday, April 20, the Sheriff’s Office requested the National Guard WING Mobile Specimen Collection Team to respond and test all inmates and essential staff.

Jail administration developed a plan to request the National Guard WING Mobile Collection Team. With the assistance of county officials and the Dane County Emergency Management Operations Center, the plan was approved.

Testing is expected to begin on Friday, April 24.

“The health and safety of our deputies, support staff, as well as their families and the inmates in our facility, continue to be our highest priority. We will make every effort to utilize any resources we have available to mitigate the spread of this virus,” said Sheriff David Mahoney in a news release. “We are grateful for the rapid response by the National Guard WING to administer these tests and quickly get ahead of this outbreak.”

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