Updated: March 13, 2020 05:20 PM
Created: March 13, 2020 10:51 AM
GENEVA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Police in the Finger Lakes are now dealing with a possible case of the coronavirus.
The Geneva Police Department was notified on March 12 that a man who was arrested and taken to the Ontario County Jail showed symptoms of the virus.
Police say medical staff tested him for the flu and RSV; both those tests came back negative. Ontario County health officials ordered the man to get tested for the coronavirus; those results are not back yet.
He has since been bailed out of jail and is no longer in custody.
Geneva Police say six members of the department are in self-quarantine after having direct contact with him.
They also are following leads to see where he's been. Geneva Police Chief Michael Passalacqua says they do know the man was in several major cities across the country before going back to Geneva.
Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson released a statement about the situation that reads, in part:
"At this time the incarcerated inmate that was being held at the jail as a result of an arrest from the City of Geneva Police Department has not been confirmed to be a positive Covid19 case. The inmate was released yesterday when bail was posted, after staying in the jail for two days.
We have developed protocols in regards to prisoner intakes, which include medical screenings, questionnaires and guidelines that we have received in preparation for this. The inmate was housed in a negative pressure medical cell, which is designed to prevent airborne pathogens going into the facility, after certain criteria was met. The inmate was never in general population, and followed the direction of the medical staff.
The Ontario County Public Health Department along with the Sheriff’s Office are awaiting the results of the lab test of the released inmate in question."
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