One person incarcerated in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Two correctional officers employed at the jail also tested positive.

The inmate, who tested positive on Aug. 7, is the second incarcerated person to test positive for the virus in GFCCC since the beginning of the pandemic. Jail administrator Bret Burkholder said the first inmate who tested positive bonded out, and so he doesn't know the person's condition. The inmate who tested positive last week is in isolation and shows no signs of the illness, although Burkholder said it is too early to say declare the person has recovered.

Four additional inmates have been placed in a precautionary quarantine, Burkholder said. No other inmates currently have any COVID-19 tests pending.

One full-time corrections officer tested positive for the virus on Aug. 4, and one part-time correctional officer tested positive on Aug. 9. Those correctional officers last worked July 30 and Aug. 3, respectively. They are the second and third GFCCC correctional officers to test positive for the virus.

Because the nurses who staff the jail work for Grand Forks Public Health, Burkholder said the jail is notified immediately when a staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

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The jail's first two positive cases were the result of the last targeted testing event held in the jail on June 18 and 19. Burkholder said that in light of the recent three positive cases, the jail is working with the state to schedule another targeted test, though a date has not yet been set.