Department of Corrections employee tests positive for COVID-19


STERLING, Colo. — On Thursday the Department of Corrections was notified that a staff member has been confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus. 

The staff member, who is a parole officer from the Sterling region, did not work inside a prison. The department will contact any staff members or others who need to be notified about potential contact with the staff member who tested positive.

At this time the department is working to track where the staff member has been and who they have come in contact with, and will be working with CDOC’s medical staff to take the appropriate precautions. The department will also be cooperating with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The parole office in the area had already been operating on a reduced staffing plan in order to support social distancing, and the department has been in contact with the state and community partners in the region that this parole officer had contact with. 

The department has had other staff members who have been tested, and the department is waiting for final confirmation on some of those results. Any staff member who tests positive, is pending results or has demonstrated possible symptoms has been put on administrative leave.

At this time there have not been any inmates that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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