First Inmate Tests Positive at the Suffolk County Jail
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 9, 2020
SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
(Riverhead, NY) The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office released the following information today regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Late in the evening on April 8th, an inmate at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead was displaying signs of illness and was sent to an area hospital for an evaluation. At approximately 11:00 p.m., hospital staff notified the Sheriff’s Office that this individual tested positive for COVID 19. This is the first case of an inmate diagnosed with coronavirus at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility.
Suffolk County Health Department medical staff and correction officers will continue to follow all necessary health and safety protocols to further contain the spread of coronavirus. Any inmates that were in the same housing area with this individual have been transferred to another housing area where they will be evaluated 3-4 times a day by jail medical staff.