Niagara County corrections officer tests positive for Covid-19

Posted 7 April 2020 at 9:00 am

Press Release, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced this morning that a corrections officer employed by the Niagara County Correctional Facility has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

The corrections officer, who has been off work for the past two weeks after developing symptoms relating to the virus, is recovering at home.

This is the first employee with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office diagnosed with Covid-19.

The Niagara County Correctional Facility has been proactive in efforts to combat the virus coming into the facility with many steps taken to ensure the safety and health of the inmates and staff. All visitation and programs were halted early in March and screening of all inmates, staff and vendors entering the facility began around the same time.

In addition, all staff have been provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment, including N95 masks. Cleaning has been enhanced in all areas of the facility to follow health department guidelines.

The Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Niagara County Health Department to ensure that testing is available to any staff member showing symptoms.

“The safety and health of our staff and inmates is my number one priority,” said Acting Sheriff Filicetti. “I am thankful that our officer is recovering from this virus, and our staff remains diligent in trying to prevent Covid-19 from entering the Niagara County Correctional Facility.”

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