Orange County Jail experiences outbreak of COVID-19 cases

Officials say there are now at least 65 active cases of COVID-19 among inmates and staff at the jail.

News 12 Staff

Jan 5, 2022, 10:48 PM

Updated 891 days ago

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The Orange County Jail in Goshen is now reporting dozens of COVID-19 cases in its first outbreak.
Officials say there are now at least 65 active cases of COVID-19 among inmates and staff at the jail.
"We have 10% of our inmate population that have tested positive," says Samantha Pascal, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office says those numbers are more than the Goshen facility has had since the start of the pandemic.
Cases of highly contagious variants continue to spread statewide.
"At this point, we have not had any severe cases, thankfully. If we did need any resources that overwhelmed our medical staff, we would rely on local hospitals," Pascal says.
Authorities say 40 inmates and 25 staff members tested positive within the last few days despite a 63% vaccination rate among inmates.
Corrections officers are not required to be vaccinated at this time and the facility's vaccination rate among staff is not known.
Officials say officers are working overtime to avoid staff shortages and inmates are quarantined for 10 days, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In-person visitations are now suspended. In the meantime, inmates are using tablets for virtual visits.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office says it is waiting on two more test results for a sick inmate and staff member.


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