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Crime Bergen County Jail goes on lockdown after detainee tests positive for coronavirus

22:35  24 march  2020
22:35  24 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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HACKENSACK — A federal immigration detainee at the Bergen County Jail has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a full lockdown of the River Street facility, the Bergen County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

the roof of a building: An exterior photo of Bergen County Jail in Hackensack on Saturday March 14, 2020. © Anne-Marie Caruso/NorthJersey.com - USA TODAY NETWORK An exterior photo of Bergen County Jail in Hackensack on Saturday March 14, 2020.

The test, a presumptive positive returned Monday night, has not been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Derek Sands, spokesman for Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton. But it has prompted officials to quarantine the detainee and place the jail in a full lockdown.

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Cureton has opened an isolation unit at the jail to house either county inmates or immigration detainees who fall ill, Sands said.

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No other inmates or detainees have been quarantined as a result of this case, Sands said. But that may change: Any new arrivals will immediately be sent to hospitals for coronavirus testing, he added.

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Cureton said Sunday that 15 inmates were already in self-quarantine as a precautionary measure after a corrections officer tested positive. Seven fellow officers were also voluntarily quarantining.

As of last week, the county jail held 304 inmates and about 250 federal detainees, the Sheriff's Office has said. The detainees are kept in a separate wing and do not interact with the inmates.

Check back for more on this developing story.

Steve Janoski covers law enforcement for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news about those who safeguard your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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