Atlantic County jail

The Atlantic County jail in Mays Landing

MAYS LANDING — An inmate at the Atlantic County jail has tested positive for COVID-19, county officials confirmed Wednesday.

The man had recently arrived at the facility and tested positive for the new coronavirus, county spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said. Officials believe he was positive when he came to the jail.

Officials did not release the name of the inmate, who is isolated.

There are no positive staff at this time, Gilmore said.

Nick Procaccini, a representative for FOP Lodge 34, the jail’s corrections officer union, said 20 officers have been confirmed positive and there hasn’t been universal testing for inmates.

Previously, Gilmore confirmed about 20 staff members who were symptomatic and/or tested positive, self-isolated at home and have since been cleared as recovered and returned to work.

Jail facilities fall under the purview of the county in which they’re located and do not report to the state Department of Corrections. Unlike state facilities, which have reported statistics to an official online dashboard available to the public, cases of the coronavirus in jail inmates and staff have only been available through county spokespeople and officials.

This is the second inmate from the Atlantic County jail to test positive. Officials confirmed in early April that an inmate who was transferred out of the jail tested positive at a rehabilitation facility.

So far, no inmates or staff have tested positive for the new coronavirus at the Cape May County jail, Sheriff Bob Nolan said.

Cumberland County officials have reported 14 cases in jail employees, but none in inmates. County Deputy Administrator Jody Hirata said that as of Wednesday, no inmates had tested positive and there were no inmates with symptoms.

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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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