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Two Kane jail detainees test positive for COVID-19 for first time since pandemic began

Sheriff puts jail on lockdown to curb spread of coronavirus

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ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The Kane County jail has gone into a quarantine lockdown after two detainees tested positive for COVID-19 this week, Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain announced in a news release.

These are the first positive cases in the jail detainee population at the Kane County Adult Justice Center since the pandemic began, the release stated.

Hain stated in the release that he is focused on the health and safety of the 407 detainees and correctional staff.

“We are confident that we have done all we could to keep the virus out of our jail for the past six months, but always recognized that we would be naive to believe it would never make its way in,” Hain stated in the release.

A detainee at the Kane County jail with a fever above 100 degrees tested negative Aug. 11 after a rapid test. He was housed in the jail’s medical unit as a precaution, then he was placed in a housing unit in quarantine lockdown as a precaution, according to the release.

All other detainees in that housing unit got temperature and symptom checks twice a day.

On Thursday, two more detainees in that housing unit were discovered to have temperatures above 100 degrees. They were then given rapid COVID tests along with a re-test of the initial detainee.

Two of the three tests came back positive.

Medical staff then took temperatures and conducted symptom checks of all detainees in the facility and located three additional people with temperatures above 100 degrees.

The three new detainees were in the same housing unit as the first three suspected cases, so as a result, the entire facility has gone into a quarantine lockdown, the release stated.

The Kane Country Health Department has been contacted along with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Sheriff’s Office is coordinating testing for all detainees and employees that had potential contact with them, the release stated.

This is an ongoing situation as jail staff continues to monitor the facility and detainees.

Currently, there are two correctional officers and one contract medical employee who previously tested as positive and are on quarantine at home.

All common areas including the kitchen and laundry room are being given a deep cleaning.

As a result of the lockdown, detainee movement to court or other appointments are suspended and, if possible, rescheduled.

Detainees will be given additional access to tablets while they are on temporary quarantine lockdown, the release stated.

Jail medical personnel will continue to conduct daily symptom checks of detainees.

While detainees had previously been issued cloth masks, all jail residents were provided with N-95 masks.

Corrections officers have consistently worn proper personal protective equipment and rubber gloves since the onset of COVID-19 in the region.

The Sheriff’s Quarantine Team is working throughout the Corrections Center to structure movement of jail residents while the facility is sanitized with ozone machines.

The quarantine team was enacted to serve in the jail and throughout the county to transport COVID-positive and symptomatic arrestees, the release stated.

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