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

TDCJ reported Monday that one inmate test is pending and that 92 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.

TDCJ reported Monday that 104 inmates are currently in medical restriction as a precautionary measure. The 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.

The number of infected inmates at Telford is not included in the total number of infections for Bowie County. TDCJ Communications Director Jeremy Desel said TDCJ reports infections to the state and it is up to counties as to how they count their cases.

Employees are counted in the counties where they reside.

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