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Monroe County officials say that a fight that broke out at the Monroe County Children’s Detention Center on Saturday between two adolescents eventually involved several other youths and resulted in injuries to two of the adolescents and four Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The incident began Saturday at around 11:43 a.m. between two adolescents. Officials say one of them is being detained there on a murder charge, the other on a weapon's charge. County officials say a youth detention worker unsuccessfully tried to de-escalate the situation and jail deputies then tried to help.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says that a jail deputy and an inmate have tested positive for COVID-19.

Authorities learned on Wednesday about the positive test. The deputy notified sheriff’s officials and was quarantined at home, where he will remain for 14 days.

After learning the deputy had tested positive for the virus, all inmates living in the unit where the deputy worked were tested for COVID-19.

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.

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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.

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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.

There are three categories of crime that law enforcement authorities around the country are watching closely as the coronavirus pandemic wears on: domestic violence, mental health calls, and theft.

Each is thought to be particularly susceptible to the crisis, as stay-home orders have forced partners who have a history of abuse to hunker down in place, heightened anxieties, and cost jobs that could lead some people to desperation.