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Update Oct. 9 2:55 p.m.: 

Cumulative numbers reported out of the Danville City Jail today show 100 positive cases of COVID-19 inside the jail's walls.

Health officials administered 87 tests that returned a positive result and 140 tests that returned a negative result among inmates, rendering a 38-percent overall positivity rate amongst those incarcerated in the facility.

Twenty-two inmates refused to be tested.

Thirteen of 30 staff members tested returned a positive result for COVID-19. Danville Sheriff Mike Mondul returned one of the 17 negative tests.

"There are still no serious COVID related illnesses among inmates or staff," Mondul said this afternoon. "My hope is that it stays that way."

The city jail worked this week with a team from the National Guard to test fit N95 masks for their staff members.

Original story Oct. 7: 

Danville Sheriff Mike Mondul announced Wednesday morning that ten jail staff returned a positive test for COVID-19.

The Danville City Jail has 90 employees, of which 13 were tested and ten returned positive results.

Comprehensive COVID-19 testing at the facility began after a preliminary test last week saw 92 percent of inmates in a quarantine-designated area of the jail were infected.

Three waves of inmate testing for COVID-19 Friday through Tuesday at the jail cumulatively heeded a 35-percent positive test rate among the 253 inmates at the jail.

Seventy-three inmates tested positive and another 136 tested negative. Mondul reports that approximately 20 inmates refused to undergo testing.

Mondul is one of the three staff at the facility who was tested and returned a negative test for COVID-19.

At this time, no cases have resulted in hospitalizations or extreme measures being taken. However, a mask mandate among inmates and staff is now in effect at the facility.

"There are no serious COVID-related illnesses among inmates or staff," Mondul said.

The jail's medical staff includes a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse and two EMTs.

Officials are unable to confirm if an inmate or staff member first introduced the virus to the inside of the jail.

According to the VDH, 5,821 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia have come from 68 outbreaks in correctional facilities around the state, including this one in Danville and another in Chatham.

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