Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Sep 14, 2023 - 5:09PM

For Immediate Release

Multiple Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19 in Washoe County Detention Facility

For media inquiries contact:
Sgt. Kristin Vietti
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-328-6336
Cell: 775-895-0027

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam has confirmed that 23 WCSO inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

The inmates have been isolated and are being treated.  The Inmate Management Unit has enacted protocols to ensure direct supervision principles and that much needed tier time for our inmate population and efficient programming courses are not negatively impacted where possible.

“Just as we have seen a rise in cases of COVID-19 in our community, cases have also made their way in the Washoe County Detention Facility,” Sheriff Darin Balaam said. “The safety and health of every member of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office family, as well as the inmates, remains my number one priority.”

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office remains in close contact with its medical provider, Naphcare. The Office has also increased hand sanitation stations, cleaning procedures and continues to issue masks where and when necessary, as well as upon request.



The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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