1st Coronavirus Inmate Case Reported At Will County Jail

Andrea Earnest

WILL COUNTY, IL — The Will County Adult Detention Facility has reported its first positive case of the coronavirus for an inmate, the Will County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. In a release, the sheriff's office said an outside police agency brought a man to the adult detention facility on Sunday on a non-bondable offense.

The inmate went through normal medical screening protocol when they arrived, and passed all medical screening and was not experiencing any signs of the coronavirus, the sheriff's office said. All incoming inmates must follow certain heath procedures, so the inmate was issued personal protective equipment and placed in a cell where they were required to stay during a 14-day quarantine.

On Monday, the sheriff's office said the person had an unrelated medical emergency and was taken to an area hospital. While at the hospital, the man tested positive for the coronavirus. The man has since returned to the adult detention facility, where he remains in a negative airflow cell.

Spokesperson Kathy Hoffmeyer did not disclose the medical emergency, but said it was non-life threatening, and the man was released back into custody several hours later.

The sheriff's office said this person was never with the general population at the facility, and the facility continues to monitor those coming into the facility and those who remain in custody.

Patch has reached out for more information on the inmate's condition.

This article originally appeared on the Frankfort Patch