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Pinellas County Jail extends lockdown as COVID cases climb

As of Friday, the jail plans to remain on lockdown until June 20.

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — The COVID-19 lockdown at the Pinellas County Jail that was set to end on Monday has been extended for two more weeks.

A spokesperson for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday that 48 inmates had tested positive for the virus. That's compared to the 26 inmates who were COVID-positive when the jail first announced its lockdown on May 20.

As of Friday, the jail plans to remain on lockdown until June 20.

The Florida Department of Health reported 2,821 new cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County in the previous week. And the COVID-19 Community Level across the Tampa Bay area remains high. 

Across the entire state, Florida is reporting 7,973 new cases over the last seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were no deaths reported. 

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