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A staffer at the Monroe County Children’s Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19

Monroe County officials say that over the weekend, they learned that a contract staff  member at the Monroe County Children’s Detention Center in Rush tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation.

Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza says that it is important to note that the staff member was not symptomatic during their last shift at the detention center, having developed symptoms more than a day after working their last shift. 

At this time, he says that none of the youth housed at the facility, nor any of the other staff, are exhibiting signs of infection. One staff member is under precautionary quarantine.

The facility has instituted increased health screenings for the youth and has notified all families. Mendoza says that detention center is also consulting closely with the Department of Public Health, and is following all guidance provided to ensure the health and safety of everyone there.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.