Inmate at Denver downtown jail tests positive for coronavirus

An inmate at Denver’s Downtown Detention Center tested positive for the novel coronavirus, city officials announced Monday.

The inmate is isolated in the medical unit and is being monitored by Denver Health staff, according to a city news release. The housing unit where the inmate had been living is being decontaminated.

As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, 10 inmates at the Downtown Detention Center and two inmates at the county jail were under observation for potential symptoms or exposure to COVID-19, Erika Martinez, spokeswoman for the city’s Joint Information Center, told The Denver Post in an email Monday morning.

Martinez would not say how many jail employees were isolated or self-quarantined.

The average daily population in Denver’s two jails has been reduced by about 500 over the last four weeks — to 1,302 on Sunday from 1,806 on March 1 as law enforcement, judges and defense attorneys have worked to minimize the number of people inside