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Suffolk County correctional officer tests positive for COVID-19

Posted: 9:37 PM, Mar 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-21 21:37:05-04
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SUFFOLK COUNTY — A correctional officer at a Suffolk County jail has tested positive for COVID-19, the local sheriff's office announced Saturday.

The officer last worked at the Riverhead Jail on Saturday, March 14. Sheriff Errol Toulon took immediate steps to notify any potentially affected staff and jail medical personnel. Staff who worked with this officer have been told to stay home and self-quarantine for an appropriate length of time.

The sheriff's office claimed that due to the nature of this officer’s job, he had limited contact with the jail’s inmate population. The inmates are and will continue to be closely monitored for signs and symptoms of illness.

“We know this is a challenging time for all, for our staff and families, but we are here to fully support them through this crisis, and, in the end, we will be a much stronger and resilient organization,” said Toulon.