97% of inmates at Texas jail have tested positive for coronavirus

A coronavirus outbreak at a Texas jail has infected almost everyone behind bars.

As of Sunday, 87 of the 90 inmates at the Nueces County McKinzie Jail Annex have tested positive, according to officials.

All inmates and staff members at the facility will be tested and quarantined “as necessary,” the jail said in a statement.

“Visitors, including family and any county employees, contractors or vendors who have recently been in the facility will be traced and contacted to assess their risk, with testing available for those at risk,” officials said.

Texas has reported more than 195,000 cases so far and at least 2,637 deaths as the pandemic explodes again in the state. On Sunday, Nueces County reported 321 new cases, which includes the jail.

Jails and prisons have seen major outbreaks around the country as close living quarters and lax health protocols have eased the spread of coronavirus.

The Bureau of Prisons has reported 130,783 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,569 in community-based facilities who have tested positive, as of Sunday. Of those, 94 inmates and one staff member have died.