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Positive Coronavirus Cases Grow At Federal Medical Center

Federal Bureau of Prisons

As of this morning, officials are reporting that 57 inmates and three employees have tested positive for  COVID-19. The Fayette County Health Department has recommended that anyone who has worked at Lexington’s Federal Medical Center in the last four weeks to be tested for the virus. Spokesman Kevin Hall says “Anyone who has worked there since April 20th needs to reach out to us at 859-899-2222 so we can talk about testing options. It’s very important that for the people who’ve worked there to get tested because they have potentially been exposed during this outbreak. So it you work there or you know someone who has worked there get in touch with the health department.”

Inmate care, including testing for COVID-19 falls under the federal level so the Fayette County Health Department has no jurisdiction over conditions at FMC. This/Thursday morning Senator Rand Paul tweeted “My office has been in touch with prison officials and public health officials in Lexington and across the state this week, connecting them for information and resources. We must work together to stop the spread through our prisons.” end tweet. We also reached out the Senator Mitch McConnell’s office on Wednesday but have not gotten a response.

UPDATED: Since this was story first posted we have received the following statement from Senator Mitch McConnell's office: "Senator McConnell’s office continues to be in close contact with state and local officials to monitor the situation, as well as the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons to get more resources to the Lexington Federal Medical Center and to encourage its workers to get tested."