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Franklin County Jail closed to visitors following two inmates testing positive for COVID-19

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 7:02 PM EDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - Two inmates at the Franklin County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith.

Smith made the announcement by posting a video to Facebook.

“We’ve had our first COVID case here in the jail. We think he may have been exposed by a public defender that came in last week,” Smith said.

According to Smith, two inmates have tested positive and they are closing the jail to any outside visitors, including family and public defenders.

“Nobody is going to be allowed in until we feel confident our COVID outbreak is under control,” he said.

Sheriff Smith says the jail and administrative areas have been disinfected and they are separating people as best as they can, but the jail is currently at maximum capacity.

According to the CDC, 37% of Franklin County has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 33.5% are fully vaccinated.

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