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Second employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Niagara County Correctional Facility

Posted at 2:09 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 14:09:21-04

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced Friday that a Civilian Support Staff employee of the Niagara County Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the sheriff's office, the employee's symptoms were identified through its employee health screening process which is performed before an employee can enter the facility.
When the symptoms were identified, the employee was not allowed into the building and was told to contact their health provider for additional guidance. This employee, we're told, works in the same area of the facility each day and has limited contact with other employees or inmates.

The Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Niagara County Health Department to ensure testing is available to any staff member showing symptoms. This is the second employee of the Correctional facility to test positive for the virus.

“The safety and health of our staff and inmates continues to be my number one priority," said acting Sheriff Filicetti. "I am grateful to our staff for remaining diligent in trying to prevent COVID-19 from entering the Niagara County Correctional Facility.”

Acting Sheriff Filicetti is also pleased to announce that the Corrections Officer who tested positive last week has since recovered from the virus and will return to work next week