Mecklenburg County Detention Officer Tests Positive For COVID-19

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office says a detention officer has tested positive for the coronavirus after getting tested over the weekend.

The officer reported to Detention-Center-Central on Friday, April 3rd and was screened before proceeding to their shift, according to a news release.

During the screening, officials say the officer exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 and was advised by medical staff to return home and seek testing.

Sheriff McFadden says:

“We are very thankful the screening process has worked and averted a potential exposure from entering our facility. We will continue to make adjustments to do whatever we can to slow the spread of this virus. I wish the employee a speedy recovery and return to work.”

Both the Mecklenburg County Health Department and MCSO are investigating to identify, notify and quarantine those who were in close contact with the infected officer.  This is the first case of an MCSO staff member or contractor at the main Detention Center-Central to test positive.

Officials say there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their detention population.

MCSO continues to follow the CDC guidelines and is doing its best to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in the detention centers.