The Logan County Detention Center has one active case of COVID-19 as of Thursday, July 23, 2020.

According to jailer Phil Gregory, an arrestee was brought into the jail by the Logan County Sheriff's Department Thursday evening and was screened for the virus but lied on the questionnaire asking if he had been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

The arrestee, in fact, tested positive for the virus on July 14, 2020, at one of the local clinics.

"I was notified by the Barren River Health Department on July 24 at approximately 9:30 a.m. that someone who was arrested and brought to the Logan County Detention Center on July 23 at approximately 9:25 p.m., had tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was not truthful on his medical screening," said the jailer who is thankful the inmate was still in his 14-day quarantine period at the jail and did not have any contact with the general population.

During the quarantine period, inmates are required to wear a mask at all times, according to Gregory. The positive inmate was being kept in a holding cell but is now in a quarantine containment cell.

"I am very grateful to the Barren River District Health Department for passing along that information," said Gregory who has diligently tried to keep the virus out of Logan's jail. "When someone lies, it just makes it harder for everyone." Gregory believes the case is isolated at this time and due to quarantining all incoming arrestees, he is hopeful this will be the only case related to recent events.

According to jail policy concerning COVID-19, anyone who comes into the jail has to have their temperature taken, If temperature registers 100.4, they will be sent to the hospital for further evaluation. A questionnaire is also filled out as part of the booking process to rule out possible exposure to the virus. "But if someone lies and doesn't have a temperature, it puts the entire facility in danger," said Gregory.

Area prisons affected by large numbers of COVID-19 cases as of July 26, 2020, (according to the Department of Corrections) include:

Green River Correctional Complex (Muhlenberg County) - 367 inmates, 51 staff

Kentucky Correctional Institute for Woman (Shelby County) - 234 inmates, 31 staff

Kentucky State Reformatory (Oldham County) - 188 inmates, 17 staff