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11 more COVID-19 cases reported at Weber County Jail

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Posted - Oct. 19, 2020 at 8:37 p.m.



OGDEN — Another 11 inmates at the Weber County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to an inmate who tested positive last week, officials said Monday.

All 12 individuals had previously tested positive for the virus during the July outbreak when the jail saw more than infected 80 inmates, officials said in a Facebook post.

The inmate who first tested positive last week presented no symptoms in July but was symptomatic when they tested positive on Oct. 10.

Weber County Sheriff's officials said last week it's possible that case might be a reinfection, something experts say is extremely rare.

The 11 new positive cases at the jail come after mass testing was conducted on 38 asymptotic individuals who were recently exposed.

Of the 38 tested, 22 had previously tested positive for COVID-19 from the outbreak over the summer, one had previously tested negative, and 15 were not exposed or tested in the last round of mass testing. All 38 individuals tested this time were asymptomatic, and 27 others tested negative.

Jail officials said they are following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and "treating these individuals as positive cases."

However, jail officials said they believe it's likely these individuals are not contagious and the jail is not experiencing a new outbreak of the virus.

As of Monday, Utah had 95,562 total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 71,035 of those considered recovered by the health department. A total of 546 Utahns have died of the disease.

According to USAFact.org data shared by the CDC, Weber County currently has the fourth most cases in the state at 5.8%, ranking behind Davis, Utah and Salt Lake counties which have 7.6%, 26.7% and 43.1% of the state's totals, respectively.

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