The Kane County jail is down to zero cases of COVID-19 following an August outbreak in which 30 detainees tested positive.
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said in a news release today (Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020) that a coordinated response by the Kane County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and jail command staff helped contain and ultimately stop the virus spread.
“The corrections officers’ daily diligence (kept) the facility sanitary and operating, while many of them were dressed in full PPE suits for an entire shift,” Hain said.
According to the news release, there were no confirmed cases of coronavirus at the Kane County corrections facility, which is located on the Kane County Judicial Center campus in St. Charles, for the first five months of the pandemic.
On Aug. 14, Hain announced the detection of COVID-positive detainees inside of the Kane County jail, when 30 detainees out of 387 tested positive for COVID-19. On the following week (Aug. 24), 27 inmates tested positive.
Continuing with decontamination and quarantine procedures, six detainees tested positive on Aug. 31 and one inmate tested positive on Sept. 8.
This week’s test on Sept. 14 indicated no new positive cases in the facility.
“Fortunately, symptoms were mild — even among those who would be considered highly susceptible — to include sore throat, elevated temperatures, and some mild respiratory discomfort,” Hain said.
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release