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Schenectady County Jail on lockdown following staff, inmate COVID positives

Schenectady County Jail - Staff

Schenectady County Jail - Staff

Categories: News, Schenectady County

SCHENECTADY — The county jail is in lockdown after four correction officers and two detainees have tested positive for COVID.

Five additional personnel at the county jail are on quarantine, according to county spokeswoman Erin Roberts.

The facility has been under lockdown since 2:30 p.m. Monday.

It’s unclear when the inmates and staff first tested positive: Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino didn’t return requests for comment, but a news release issued Tuesday morning said the positives are the first at the Veeder Avenue facility since the onset of the pandemic.

The county Sheriff’s Office is working with the state Commission of Corrections, the county Health Department and CFG Health Systems, which is the health care provider for the correctional facility, according to the statement.

Schenectady County isn’t immune from the surge in coronavirus fatalities and COVID-19 cases.

The county reported two deaths on Tuesday, bringing total fatalities to 73, 12 of them in the past week, making it the deadliest stretch of the pandemic.

According to the most recent data available from county public health officials, 17 county employees are on quarantine, or potentially exposed to the virus, while seven are isolated.

“This information is very fluid as people come on and off the list and may not include all of the cases at the jail,” Roberts said on Tuesday.

Each county department is charged with developing its own pandemic response work plans, which may include an option for certain staff to work from home based on logistics and mission requirements, Roberts said.

“These plans are reviewed and approved by the county Manager’s office in consultation with department heads.”

Vaccination is still in its earliest stages in Schenectady County, where public health officials are “working closely” with Ellis Medicine, Albany Med and Hometown Health on the current vaccination phases and awaiting direction from the state about its formal role moving forward, Roberts said.

Residents and staff at the county-run Glendale Home will receive the first tranche of 256 vaccines this Saturday and Sunday, according to county Manager Rory Fluman.

Yet 15 percent of residents have declined to get the shot, both personally and through family proxies, he said.

A second round is slated for Jan. 17 and 18.

As of Tuesday evening, 15 Glendale residents and 15 employees are currently COVID positive.

Two residents have died of COVID, including a hospice patient late last week, Fluman said.

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2 Comments

Patrick Burns

The jail staff should be on the list to get shots now. They serve the public as essential employees and first responders who should be inoculated before people like AOC, who only serves herself.

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