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Reno jail reports 16 COVID-19 cases; prompts lockdown

RENO, Nev. — Authorities in northwestern Nevada have announced that a detention facility is under lockdown to conduct contact tracing after an increasing number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases. The Washoe County sheriff’s office announced Wednesday that 11 jail inmates and five employees tested positive for COVID-19 after two inmates failed to report their high-temperature fevers during routine temperature checks. Sheriff Darin Balaam said about 300 people at the facility were tested within the past 48 hours and new safety measures were implemented. The sheriff’s office is working with the Washoe County Health District to sanitize the building and identify where the inmates had been.

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