Atlantic County jail

The Atlantic County jail in Mays Landing

MAYS LANDING — An inmate who was transferred out of the Atlantic County jail has tested positive for COVID-19, county officials confirmed Thursday morning.

The inmate had been transferred to a rehabilitation facility and tested positive for the new coronavirus there, county spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said in a news release.

Officials did not identify the inmate.

“The Atlantic County Justice Facility is in compliance with all guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health,” Gilmore said, adding there are currently no positive cases in the jail.

No positive cases have been identified in the Cape May County jail, Sheriff Bob Nolan said. Cumberland County jail Warden Richard Smith did not respond to a request for comment.

The state Department of Corrections is keeping a tally of inmates in their prison facilities, as well as staff members, who have tested positive for COVID-19.

In South Jersey, there are three DOC facilities, all in Cumberland County — South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, and Southern State Correctional Facility and Bayside State Prison, both in Maurice River Township.

So far, one inmate has tested positive at South Woods State, one inmate and five staff members have tested positive at Southern State and there have been no confirmed cases at Bayside State, according to the DOC website.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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