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DeKalb Sheriff screened for COVID-19 symptoms after second jail employee test positive for virus

The sheriff's office says Sheriff Melody Maddox may have been exposed during her daily walk-throughs of the jail complex.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office say a second jail employee - a supervisor - has tested positive for COVID-19. The office says that their own leader, the sheriff herself, is also self-monitoring for symptoms.

According to the sheriff's office, the 45-year-old jail employee often accompanied Sheriff Melody Maddox during the sheriff's daily walk-throughs of the jail complex.

The sheriff's office said Maddox was found to have been one of the people possibly exposed to the employee, and sought a medical screening via telemedicine services. No COVID-19 symptoms were found, the sheriff's office said.

“Although I have been medically-cleared to continue working, I am more keenly aware that no one is exempt from this threat,” says Sheriff Maddox. “Our challenge is that this agency never closes, and we are constantly in proximity to each other and individuals from throughout the community.

So far, the sheriff's office has reported four confirmed cases of COVID-19 since mid-March involving two employees and two inmates. 

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