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16 Putnam deputies test positive for COVID-19, 2 deputies hospitalized

The sheriff's office added that 18 deputies are also quarantined.
Credit: Putnam County Sheriff's Office
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — Two deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office are in the hospital after 16 of them tested positive for COVID-19, according to the sheriff's office Facebook page.

"Like many other law enforcement and emergency services agencies across the country and the State of Florida, the COVID-19 crisis has affected the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office," the post said on Monday.

The sheriff's office added that 18 deputies are also quarantined.

Additionally, the sheriff's office said that one inmate in the jail also tested positive. As a result, that inmate was quarantined.

"No additional inmates have tested positive," the post said.

The post continued that testing will continue for inmates as recommended by the Florida Department of Health. Additionally, personnel entering the jail will undergo medical screenings.

"Services provided by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office continue uninterrupted as we continue to consult with the Florida Department of Health to make sure we institute the recommended protections for our members and our community," the post said. "We continue to encourage all of our citizens to help us help you by observing social distancing guidelines and avoiding large crowds."