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Inmate at Nassau County jail tests positive for coronavirus: officials

Posted: 12:04 PM, Mar 16, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-16 13:15:30-04
Nassau County Correctional Center

NASSAU COUNTY, L.I. — Authorities and health officials are investigating after an inmate at a Nassau County jail tested positive for novel coronavirus, County Executive Laura Curran announced Monday.

According to Curran, the infected inmate was being housed at the Nassau County Correctional Center in East Meadow. He has since been transported to a local hospital where he is in isolation and being treated.

Anthony Boutin, chief medical officer at Nassau University Medical Center, said the patient came into the jail on March 6 and became symptomatic on March 12, at which point he was tested.

Heath care workers and officers at the jail monitored him for several days before the positive test results came back Sunday, March 15, Boutin said.

Curran assured that the Health Department has been investigating, working all night to track possible exposure within the jail. They have identified staff and other inmates who may have been exposed.

Curran noted that all staff at the jail has been trained to handle these type of situations.

As of Monday, there are 101 positive COVID-19 cases in Nassau County, 13 of which are hospitalized, according to the county executive.

The Long Island county is currently ramping up testing, aiming to be able to test 6,000 residents per day. Curran said the county is working to set up testing pods outdoors, as well as drive-through testing sites similar to what launched in New Rochelle last week.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the state's total coronavirus cases have reached 950, with seven deaths.

Also announced Monday, Cuomo, along with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut have joined together to institute a tri-state area ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in an effort to combat the coronavirus outbreak.