Four Lafayette Parish correction deputies have tested positive for COVID-19, according to KLFY.

The deputies were working at the parish jail. After testing positive, they were immediately placed under quarantine and are following COVID-19 protocols.

Additionally, officials say that one inmate housed at the facility also tested positive for COVID-19. That inmate has been placed on quarantine as well and remains asymptomatic.

Valerie Ponseti, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, says free voluntary COVID-19 testing was offered at the correctional site for all inmates and Sheriff's office employees.

She says the correctional facility is following proper protocols and is taking precautions inside the facility by:

  • Mandating masks and temperature checks for any individual, offender, or staff member who enters the facility.
  • Quarantining all inmates booked into the LPCC for at least 14 days.
  • Requiring any individual who has a fever and/or exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 be transported to a healthcare facility to be evaluated and medically cleared before booking.
  • Frequent sanitization throughout the facility.