Comanche Co. Detention Center Working To Contain COVID-19 Outbreak


Wednesday, May 20th 2020, 6:09 am
By: News 9


Lawton -

The state is stepping in after a COVID-19 outbreak at the Comanche County Detention Center in Lawton.

Department of Corrections officials said more than 100 inmates and 16 staffers tested positive for the virus.

The Comanche County facilities authority that oversees the jails operations is meeting with the state DOC Wednesday morning to come up with a plan to immediately move inmates to a state prisons.

State corrections official sent nearly a dozen security staff on Sunday to the Comanche Co. jail to stabilize the COVID-19 situation and enforce sanitation efforts.

The chairman of the jail's operations says they were not prepared for an outbreak of any kinds and that's why they reached out to the state for help.

The jail is also holding seven inmates for DOC intake, two tested positive.

DOC officials are still on site in Lawton and plan to be there for two weeks.