ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Monroe County Sheriff ‘s Office has revealed that eight inmates inside of the Monroe County jail have tested positive for COVID-19.
Two full housing units are now under quarantine, and being monitored by medical staff at the Monroe county jail, while the eight inmates recover from COVID-19.
The sheriff’s office says that late Thursday night, seven inmates were experiencing COVID-like symptoms.
Temperature checks were taken throughout the jail, leading to the discovery of an additional eighth inmate also having similar symptoms.
Eight rapid tests were administered and all came back positive for COVID-19.
That’s just over 1% of the almost 700 inmate population.
Currently those inmates are quarantined, along with their housing unit, in a attempt to make sure the virus doesn’t spread.
“Those inmates will not go and come in contact with any other inmates and that’s how were able to ensure that this doesn’t spread through the jails is by making sure that one area of the jail will not come in contact with another area of the jail,” said James McGowan, commander of COVID command post for MCSO.
Officials say all eight inmates who were symptomatic , are no longer showing symptoms.
Leaders with the Sheriff’s office add that they have no idea how the virus got into the jail, but they say masking, while great, isn’t always 100% effective and could have played a role.
The sheriff’s office says that all inmates are tested twice a week, and staff is temperature checked every time they enter the building. Visitation has been suspended under the “orange zone” state guidance.
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