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Metropolitan Detention Center Corrections Officer Tests Positive for COVID-19

05/13/2020

As a result of the facility-wide testing, conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH), MDC has been made aware of a staff member who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The officer is asymptomatic and has been sent home to self-quarantine.

The corrections sergeant tested on May 7, and the results were provided to MDC on the evening of May 11.

The facility was on lockdown while MDC was in the process of tracking the officer’s contact with both staff and inmates. That lockdown has since been lifted. Those officers and staff that MDC has already identified as having contact with the positive staff member have been sent home to self-quarantine.

MDC anticipates there may be more staff identified, as video is reviewed to retrace the sergeant’s movement.

The sergeant had been working in the intake area of the facility, not in the general population. Any new inmates he may have been in contact with were already in the quarantine area established by MDC and the Department of Health last month.

“This is a very fluid situation and more information will be communicated once more details are solidified,” says MDC Chief Greg Richardson. “We are committed to doing everything we can to keep staff and inmates safe.”

Last week the Department of Health began surveillance testing at MDC. So far, DOH has tested 236 officers and civilian staff, and 103 inmates.

Click here for MDC COVID-19 frequently asked questions.

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