April 13, 2020

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Today, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté was notified by Jackson County Detention Center (JCDC) medical personnel that three inmates in the facility have tested positive for COVID-19. All three inmates, who were asymptomatic, have been on precautionary isolation since last week.

Sheriff Forté and JCDC management are working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to ensure the safe management of all inmates and staff, including isolation and observation of any inmate who may have been in close contact with the inmates who tested positive.

Officials will continue monitoring the health and well-being of both inmates and staff to curb the spread of the disease in the facility and provide updates as the situation unfolds. Early preparation, including the gradual release of inmates, has provided space that is being used to properly isolate inmates. The safety, security and wellness of staff and inmates remain a top priority.