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ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS 729 INMATES TESTED NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19, A FIRST SINCE MASS TESTING BEGAN AT THE ORLEANS JUSTICE CENTER; COINCIDES WITH NEGATIVE TEST RESULTS FOR ENTIRE OPSO STAFF

NEW ORLEANS - 10-12-2021

Following is a statement from Sheriff Marlin Gusman regarding COVID-19 testing of inmates and staff at the Orleans Justice Center (OJC):

"I am pleased to report that the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office recently tested 729 inmates for COVID-19 and all tested negative. Since the Sheriff Office began conducting mass testing of inmates, this is the first time all who were tested showed negative test results.

"In addition, there are no positive COVID-19 test results among 780 employees, contractors and volunteers who participated in the most recent mass testing of staff.

"Since the pandemic began, the Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of medical providers, has administered 15,281 COVID-19 tests to inmates over 17 mass testings. Another 14,194 tests were given to OPSO staff over 17 mass testings for a combined total of 29,475 COVID-19 tests administered at OJC.

"To date, 839 inmates have received a COVID-19 vaccine while in our custody. While the vaccine is not mandatory for inmates, the Sheriff's Office offers incentives to encourage inmates to take the vaccine such as a phone card valued at $15 or commissary, also valued at $15.

"Several months ago, the Sheriff's Office was among the first governmental or business entities to require of its workforce regular mass testing and vaccination against COVID-19. Today, 100 percent of employees, contactors and volunteers are fully vaccinated.


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