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‘Small’ COVID outbreak at Franklin County Regional Jail; no details reported

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The New Year has begun with a small COVID-19 outbreak at the Franklin County Regional Jail.

Franklin County Jailer Jake Banta announced on Saturday that there have been “a few” cases among inmates and staff, however, he has not released the specific numbers on how many are involved in either category.

Banta says that he has notified Franklin County Judge-Executive Huston Wells, the Franklin County Health Department, the Kentucky Department of Corrections, federal authorities, and numerous other government agencies involved in the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our staff is working diligently to ensure that we continue to follow CDC guidelines, along with policy and procedures to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible during this time,” he said.

Banta asked the community to, “Please understand that we cannot discuss an inmate’s medical condition with the family and friends. Our staff understands your concerns, but we are not able to give this information.”

According to the Franklin County Regional Jail’s website, they currently have 195 male and female inmates.

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