Sierra Conservation Center

An inmate at the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown has tested positive for COVID-19, the Public Health Department announced Monday afternoon.

The man is in isolation, but the health department did not release his condition. 

The health department said the inmate was tested on Friday and the results came back Monday.

This is the first positive test at the Jamestown prison. There were 927 cases at California prisons Monday with the largest number — 456 — at the California Institution for Men in Chino. Nine inmates have died, all at the Chino facility.

As of the most recent CDCR report from Wednesday there were 3,989 inmates at Sierra Conservation Center.

The prisons with the largest positive cases are Avenal with 198, California Institution for Women 126 and Chuckawalla Valley 108.

This is the second positive test in Tuolumne County since Friday when a 56-year-old asymptomatic woman tested positive after being treated for a kidney infection. See an interview with her in Tuesday's Union Democrat.

Public Health is coordinating with Sierra Conservation Center, Cal Fire, and the California Department of Public Health on the investigation.

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