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Lucas County Jail inmate, nurse diagnosed with COVID-19

Jail staffers have taken measures to stop the spread of the virus, according to the Lucas County Sheriff's Office.

TOLEDO, Ohio — A nurse and an inmate at the Lucas County Jail have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the sheriff's office.

Police say the inmate was diagnosed Tuesday morning while the nurse received their diagnosis two days ago. 

Jail staff went through procedures and every place the inmate had been was sterilized. Staffers also traced the inmates who were exposed to the virus; they are isolated and are being monitored, the sheriff's office said.

People who were around the nurse haven't showed any symptoms and are self-isolating at this time, according to police. 

The sheriff's office said both nurse and the inmate are hospitalized.

Additionally, the jail was cleaned multiple times and every new inmate who is booked is isolated for 72 hours before joining the general population. 

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