COVID-19 cases on the rise at Western Virginia Regional Jail

Virginia – COVID-19 cases have increased among the general population and staff at the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem.

According to Superintendent Colonel Bobby Russell, as of Thursday afternoon, 120 of the jail’s 830 inmates had tested positive. Five staff members have also tested positive.

By comparison, just 25 inmates and one staff member had tested positive as of October 30.

Russell told Roanoke Daily Magazine that crews with the Virginia Department of Health were scheduled to test every person at the jail Friday.

Marco Harmon

I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. I studied Communications Studies at Roanoke College, and I’ve been part of the news industry ever since. Visiting my favorite downtown Roanoke bars and restaurants with my friends is how I spend most of my free time when I'm not at the desk.

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