Inmates in Fresno County’s North Annex Jail Placed into Precautionary COVID-19 Quarantine


Fresno, June 20 (Punjab Mail)- On Friday, approximately 1,200 inmates housed inside Fresno County’s North Annex Jail (1265 M Street) were placed in quarantine after the Sheriff’s Office received COVID-19 results showing positive cases.
On June 10th, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office received COVID-19 tests showing negative results for 25 sentenced inmates who were scheduled to be transferred to Wasco State Prison. All of these inmates were housed on floors 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the North Annex Jail. After being medically cleared, these 25 inmates were transported to Wasco on June 17th. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) conducted its own COVID-19 tests on these same inmates. On June 19th, CDCR notified the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office that 13 of the 25 inmates tested positive for COVID-19.
In response to this news, the North Jail Annex was placed into precautionary quarantine and all inmates are now being closely monitored for symptoms of COVID-19. Thus far, we have identified nine inmates who have a fever. Those inmates and any others that may have symptoms will be tested and provided with any necessary medical attention. There will be no inmate movement within the North Jail until further notice.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, all inmates in the Fresno County Jail have been monitored and screened daily by medical staff for COVID-19. Cases inside the jail have been minimal and symptoms have been addressed immediately in order to keep it from spreading. These 13 positive tests represent the largest spike in cases we have seen associated with our jail. We are working to identify any possible cause for this spike and to see if other areas of the jail may be impacted. This week’s transfer to Wasco State Prison is the second such shipment of sentenced inmates we have done this month.