Detainee at Buncombe County Detention Facility tests positive for COVID-19

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office:

A detainee at the Buncombe County Detention Facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has been in quarantine since entering the facility and is currently asymptomatic. The Sheriff’s Office has worked closely with Buncombe County HHS on contract tracing to determine potential risk of spread and it has been determined that the risk of community spread is low. Ndetention officers, detention facility staff or other detainees are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at this time.

“With their hard work and by tirelessly following the COVID-19 protocols we have implemented, our Detention Officers have worked to prevent community spread within our facility. This is further testament to the dedication these officers have to protect the safety and security of detainees and our community,” says Major Tony Gould of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to follow the public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying six feet away from others outside your household, wearing face coverings and washing hands often. For information on COVID-19 testing in Buncombe County, click here

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