COVID-19 outbreak at Peoria County Jail

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Eight people incarcerated at the Peoria County Jail test positive for the virus.

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — ( Update- 4:44 p.m.) The Peoria County Sheriff reports eight people incarcerated have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Early Saturday, Sheriff Brian Asbell confirmed two individuals tested positive for the virus, but recently released additional information confirming six more people also tested positive. The jail is now on lockdown.

“The jail has been placed on lockdown and we are working with the Peoria City/County Health Department and inmate healthcare staff to manage those infected and determine the scope of additional exposures. We started COVID testing last week on the inmate population due to reported staff infection and will continue to test all individuals incarcerated inside the jail,” according to Asbell in a written statement.

Asbell also wrote two people have been released, but one will have to return at a later date to complete his sentence. The second was released before his test results came back positive.

Two other detainees are sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections and have to remain in custody. Asbell also adds all the detainees have been in custody for more than 14 days.


Two detainees at the Peoria County Jail tests positive for COVID-19, Sheriff Brian Asbell confirmed Saturday.

Asbell did not immediately release the genders or age of the detainees. It is not confirmed if Saturday’s cases are related to the two employees that tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Asbell said he will release additional information later this afternoon.

This story will be updated.

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