Outbreak inside Cayuga County jail infects 28 inmates

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A recent COVID-19 outbreak inside the Cayuga County Jail has so far affected 28 inmates.

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Sheriff Brian Schenck says one inmate was initially evaluated for minor flu-like symptoms. The person later tested positive for coronavirus.

Each of the others found to be infected were living in the same housing unit; two were immediately isolated for also showing minor symptoms.

Additional quarantines were then ordered as a precaution.

Shenck said his office is now working with the Cayuga County Health Department and New York State Commission of Correction for guidance on how to handle the rest of the jail’s population.

“Our staff, including those with our medical unit, will be closely monitoring each individual housed within our facility and providing any additional care as needed,” said Sheriff Brian Schenck.

Contact tracing is underway to identify additional inmates, staff, or outside service providers who may be at risk.

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