Five inmates in Texas county jail now have COVID-19

An inmate of a Texas county jail has tested positive for the new coronavirus. (MGN)
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DALLAS, Texas (AP) Dallas County officials say five jail inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown announced Wednesday that an inmate in his 40s tested positive and that four others who were in his pod had symptoms.

Later Wednesday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said those four inmates also tested positive.

The initial positive test on the first inmate came back early Wednesday morning.

Brown said he'd been housed in a shared pod with about 50 other inmates and had been in the jail since December.