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Crime 23 Westchester County jail workers, 6 inmates test positive for coronavirus

16:27  02 april  2020
16:27  02 april  2020 Source:   lohud.com

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VALHALLA – At least 23 Westchester County jail employees and six inmates have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Westchester County jail inmate Markim Quick claims in a federal lawsuit that he became sick by 'rotten' food trays. It was the third inmate lawsuit against the Valhalla facility this year. © File photo Westchester County jail inmate Markim Quick claims in a federal lawsuit that he became sick by 'rotten' food trays. It was the third inmate lawsuit against the Valhalla facility this year.

Among the confirmed cases on staff is Neil Pellone, president of the county correction officers labor union, who found out he tested positive Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, this is a harsh reality given the sweeping nature of COVID-19 and the unique prevention and containment challenges the disease presents in an enclosed jail setting,” said Pellone, of the Westchester Correction Officers PBA. “Despite these risks, as essential employees Correction Officers remain on the front lines of this battle, working in close quarters, continuing to ensure public safety on a 24/7 basis.”

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The total number climbed from three confirmed cases among staff members on March 23, when the county Department of Correction told employees it would distribute surgical masks as some feared exposure to the virus.

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Deputy Correction Commissioner Louis Molina said the department has taken steps to reduce the introduction and spread of the coronavirus, implementing more than 60 measures “to help prevent, detect and respond to any suspected COVID-19 cases.”

Those initiatives came through collaboration with the county Department of Health and New York State Commission of Correction and in addition to annual preparation starting in October to limit the spread of the flu and other illnesses.

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Amid fears the coronavirus could spread in prisons and jails has created a call for broad testing and supplying correction officers with N95 surgical masks.

The issue of the outbreak among detained populations drew headlines when former media mogul and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein reportedly tested positive while in custody upstate.

New York will release up to 1,100 parole violators from local jails in an effort to stem the flow of coronavirus cases in the correctional system in recent weeks. But Molina said there were no plans to release inmates in the custody of Westchester and that decision doesn't fall within their authority.

The union president said his members continue to work with the health and correction departments for additional safety measures and safety equipment for staff.

Mark Lungariello covers government and politics. Follow him on Facebook @lungariello and Twitter @marklungariello. For our latest subscription offers click here.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: 23 Westchester County jail workers, 6 inmates test positive for coronavirus

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