Adult in custody tests positive for COVID-19, no exposure to staff or other adults in custody

October 9, 2020

Multnomah County is closely following public health guidance to ensure the safety of everyone in corrections facilities. 

Corrections Health identified a person who tested positive for COVID-19 after transfer to Multnomah County custody. Infectious disease protocols for COVID-19 were followed and the person was isolated to protect staff and other adults in custody. The individual was subsequently moved to a medical infirmary, which is equipped with negative air pressure rooms. 

Public health officials confirmed that the person had no identified contact with staff or adults who are detained and that no additional action is needed at this time.

This is the third adult in custody with a positive COVID-19 test.  A person who tested positive in September had no identified contact with staff or adults. A second case was identified at the time of detention and was deemed not infectious. Public health determined in both cases no further action was needed.

To learn more about the preventive measures being taken by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, please visit their website:  Multnomah County Health Department is also leading the public health response. See more at