York County deputy tests positive for coronavirus

York County deputy tests positive for coronavirus
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YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) - A deputy at the York County Sheriff’s Office has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The sheriff’s office says they will adhere to all applicable local, state and federal HIPPA guidelines and not release the name or location of the employee. In a video released by the sheriff’s office, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said a sheriff’s deputy tested positive for COVID-19.

“Just twenty-two days ago we had just one case in York County. Now, that number is approaching 100 with two deaths," Tolson said. “One of those 100s is a York County sheriff’s deputy. Nine employees of the sheriff’s office have been on quarantine at some point in time and I pray everyday they do not get it.”

Officials say the employee reported to their supervisor that they became ill with the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

It is currently unclear if the employee contracted COVID-19 as a result of job related interaction.

Deputies have verified that the employee is male, four other employees have quarantined themselves as a precaution, and that no one this employee encountered entered the York County Detention Center.

Officials also confirmed that this employee is at home on quarantine and has sought medical treatment and that the employee has been in quarantine for almost two weeks and is feeling better.

The sheriff’s office says they have no reason to believe that anyone in the county has been put in risk of contacting the COVID-19 virus due to the individual in this case.

Immediately upon receipt of information that the employee was not feeling well, sanitation measures were taken at the York County Sheriff’s Office. The employee's work space, as well as the entire facility was disinfected.

Deputies have been taking the CDC, South Carolina DHEC recommendations regarding preventative measures. All employees have been self-monitoring and have shown no signs of symptoms over the past two weeks.

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