Piedmont Regional Jail on lockdown

Published 12:34 pm Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Piedmont Regional Jail (PRJ) is currently on lockdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

Jerry Townsend

Wednesday, Jan. 20, PRJ Superintendent Jerry Townsend said the jail currently has 12 offenders on-site who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been isolated. Five inmates have COVID-19 test results pending.

He added there are currently two staff members at the facility who have tested positive for the coronavirus, with three employee test results pending.

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On Wednesday, Townsend said the jail will remain on lockdown until the COVID positivity levels and systematic levels are down to a minimum.

“The safety/health of staff and offenders will always be the priority at PRJ,” he added.