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San Juan jail has 66 new cases in inmates

FARMINGTON – Sixty-six new cases of coronavirus have been reported among inmates at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

One employee also tested positive, bringing the jail’s total to 99 cases last week.

The results stem from testing of all detainees and staff at the jail Thursday.

Earlier testing turned up 32 cases, which were announced Tuesday.

Testing was ramped up on June 21 after two San Juan County Adult Detention Center detainees tested positive after being transferred to other lockups. Twenty-nine tested positive in that round of testing.

The 32 cases announced Tuesday included the two detainees who previously tested positive and a detainee who tested positive while being booked into the jail, according to The Daily Times archives.

Jail staff had been conducting weekly testing of 5% of the jail’s population since March.

The first cases of COVID-19 at the jail were announced May 20, when seven detainees and a contract employee tested positive.

As of Saturday, the jail had 319 inmates.

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