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Two of 24 cases of the coronavirus reported Wednesday in Nacogdoches County are tied to the county jail.

The two men, one in his 20s and another in his 30s, are the latest confirmed in an outbreak involving 43 inmates and staff testing positive since the weekend.

Jail staff who tested positive are quarantined at home, infected inmates are isolated and trustee programs are suspected, Sheriff Jason Bridges said this week.

Bridges said earlier in the week that at least 50 other inmates were showing symptoms related to the virus and that he is considering seeking additional medical staff for the jail.

Three of the 24 latest cases are from previously reported households, and 13 are people younger than 40.

Nacogdoches County has an estimated 337 active cases in addition to 533 patients presumed to have recovered and 32 who have died. Since the first case was diagnosed in March, 912 residents have tested positive, according to the Nacogdoches County Emergency Management Office.

The fatality rate here stood at 3.5% Wednesday.

Local hospitals report seven COVID-19 patients on ventilators as of Wednesday with an additional 18 ventilators available. Thirty-three patients are hospitalized including nine in intensive care.

A local call center remains open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 936-468-4787 for those experiencing symptoms.

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