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NEW BOSTON, Texas — The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported Friday that 40 inmates and 53 employees of the Barry Telford Unit in New Boston are positive for COVID-19.

TDCJ reported Friday that one inmate has a test result pending and 41 inmates are in medical isolation.

Medical isolation is "for people who are sick and contagious. Isolation is used to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy," TDCJ's website states.

The agency reports that 1,098 inmates at Telford are in medical restriction as a precautionary measure.

Medical restriction is "used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms," TDCJ's website states.

Inmates at Telford who test positive for COVID-19 are not included in the count for Bowie County. Employees are included in totals for the counties in which they reside.

 

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