Man booked into Snohomish County Jail tests positive for COVID-19

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — A 22-year-old man who was booked into the Snohomish County Jail tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said Everett police booked the man on March 25 for violation of a domestic violence no-contact order, and he was screened at the jail’s outdoor triage tent.

The man complained to a corrections nurse about having mild symptoms and was tested for the flu and the coronavirus, officials said. He tested negative for influenza but tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials said immediately after testing, the man was quarantined.

“This was a suspected COVID-19 case upon arrival at our jail, our corrections and medical teams intercepted and mitigated exposure at the very earliest stages upon admittance to our jail,” said Keith Lt. Rogers, with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said this is “the first confirmed case at our jail facility.”

Officials are working to find out if any staff and other inmates were potentially exposed.

The man is being monitored 24/7 and is expected to make a full recovery.

Officials said no other staff or inmates have confirmed cases.