8 inmates at Monroe County Jail test positive for COVID-19

Updated: November 27, 2020 06:01 PM
Created: November 27, 2020 02:45 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Eight inmates in the Monroe County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

They were tested after seven inmates were showing COVID-19 symptoms Thursday night, including fevers. The MCSO proactively took the temperatures of everyone in the jail and found one more inmate with a fever.

The eight inmates were given rapid tests, which came back positive for COVID-19. The jail is still awaiting the results of earlier non-rapid tests.

The MCSO says as of Friday afternoon, none of the inmates are symptomatic anymore.

Two housing units are under quarantine, and all inmates at the jail will continue to be checked daily, including temperature checks.

Staff members also have their temperatures checked each time they enter the jail.

All of the inmates who tested positive were given the opportunity to call their families.

The MCSO made the following comment on the situation:

“The health and safety of our staff and inmates working and living at the Monroe County Jail remains our top priority. Preventing any additional infections of the novel Coronavirus among employees and inmates is paramount. The Monroe County Jail currently exceeds all guidelines for staff and inmates as set by the CDC and the Monroe County Public Health Department.”

Earlier this week, the jail suspended visitation after parts of Monroe County were designated an Orange Zone.

Any new inmate entering the jail is prescreened then put into quarantine before they come in contact with the rest of the jail population. 

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