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CONYERS - An inmate at the Rockdale County Jail has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

According to a news release, Capt. Jason Welch, jail commander with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, has confirmed that an inmate was taken to Piedmont Rockdale on March 28 with a low grade fever. After examination by hospital medical personnel, jail medical staff was advised that the inmate’s fever was due to thrush in his mouth that caused a fungal infection.

The inmate was returned to the Rockdale County Jail on March 28 and placed on medical quarantine. The inmate was tested for COVID-19 by jail medical staff and a positive result was received on April 5.

Three additional inmates who were in contact with the positive inmate were also placed on medical quarantine immediately.

Three of the four inmates have since been released on OR Bonds (own recognizance). The one inmate that was not released remains in medical quarantine and jail medical staff will continue to monitor him.

No other inmates are exhibiting symptoms at this time, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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