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The Monroe County Jail has seen more than 100 COVID-19 infections. Sheriff Todd Baxter says his department is doing everything it can to make sure the inmate population is protected.

We discuss the challenge of running a jail during a pandemic. Our guests:

  • Captain James McGowan, Monroe County Jail 
  • Julie Cianca, special assistant public defender for the Monroe County Public Defender's Office

David Andreatta / CITY Newspaper

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter says his office will take new steps to try and stem the COVID-19 virus outbreak at the county jail which has affected dozens of inmates.

As of Tuesday, there were 70 inmates testing positive for the coronavirus at the county jail and 26 staff members.

The inmate COVID numbers are more than double than what they were last Friday. Baxter says as part of new protocols, the jail will test the entire inmate population, and they will also split up inmates into different housing units based on their COVID-19 status.

Monroe County Jail

Coronavirus cases at the Monroe County Jail have nearly doubled in a matter of days, and quadrupled since last week. 

As of Friday morning, 33 inmates and 24 jail staff have tested positive for the coronavirus. That puts the positivity rate in the jail at about 4%, lower than the county’s 7.17% rate as of Friday afternoon.

provided by Sergeant Matthew Bottone

Monroe County Jail is working to get a COVID-19 outbreak under control as at least 18 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, the sheriff's office said 15 inmates and 18 jail staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

James Brown / WXXI News

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department says that eight inmates at the Monroe County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

The department says seven inmates were experiencing symptoms of the virus, including a fever, late Thursday night. Officials took temperatures throughout the jail and found one additional inmate with a fever.

Deputies say that as of Friday, all eight inmates are no longer showing symptoms. The jail’s medical provider, Prime Care, conducted rapid tests for the eight inmates and all eight came back positive.

James Brown / WXXI News

Monroe County Jail will allow in-person visitation starting Monday. That stopped earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Visits will be limited to one half-hour visit per week, per inmate, and no contact will be allowed. 

Social distancing and masks will be required, but visitors can’t bring or wear their own masks; the county will provide one for them. If someone breaks these rules, they will be removed from the building. 

Monroe  County Sheriff’s officials say that three jail deputies have tested positive for COVID-19.

They say the deputies learned of the test results over the last few days, and when the sheriff’s department found out about the positive tests, officials began contact tracing. At this point, it is not known where or when the deputies contracted the coronavirus. Authorities say the contact tracing doesn’t show any particular connection among the deputies.

David Andreatta / CITY Newspaper

Monroe County Sheriff’s officials are investigating what they are describing as an unknown medical condition that affected four inmates at the county jail on Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say that deputies responded to the third floor of the jail for a report of two inmates who were incoherent and lethargic, and then noticed two more inmates on the same floor with similar symptoms.

A Monroe County Jail inmate was diagnosed with COVID-19 after a routine temperature check on Easter Sunday.

The inmate had a fever of 100.9 degrees and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. He is now being treated at a COVID-19 confinement area at the Sheriff’s Brighton facility on East Henrietta Road.

CITY Newspaper

An individual who displayed symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but who refused testing has been placed in isolation at Monroe County’s detention facility in Brighton under an order imposed by the Monroe County Department of Public Health.

Sheriff Todd Baxter said the individual was taken into custody late Thursday and first transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation before being taken to the Brighton jail.