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Kendall County Sheriff's Office reporting no additional cases of COVID-19

Kendall County Public Safety Center, Yorkville
Kendall County Public Safety Center, Yorkville

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YORKVILLE – The Kendall County Sheriff's Office is reporting no additional cases of COVID-19 among its staff this week.

The update comes after sheriff's officials wrote in a Thursday, Aug. 6 news release that a contracted employee for the sheriff's office tested positive for COVID-19.

Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird said Monday, Aug. 10 all affected staff from the sheriff's office have been tested.

"And they all tested negative," Baird said.

In the Thursday news release, the sheriff's office reported being notified of the contracted employee's positive test Aug. 6.

The Thursday positive test was the first reported at the sheriff's office located in the Kendall County Public Safety Center at 1102 Cornell Lane in Yorkville. The sheriff's office also houses the county jail.

According to the Thursday release, the sheriff’s office was working in direct consultation with the Kendall County Health Department and Advanced Correctional Healthcare to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to keep its employees and the inmates in the county jail safe.

"The exposure is considered to be low risk due to the procedures and protocols that are in place per the current CDC guidelines," the release read. "All work stations are cleaned and sanitized three times a day, all staff and visitors entering the secure confines of the jail are required to wear masks at all times, to keep the facility and inmates safe and protected."

The contracted employee's work station was immediately isolated and has gone through deep cleaning and sanitization, per the release. The employee is under a doctor's care and under quarantine for the recommended 14 days.

“The Sheriff’s Office staff and all others entering the jail have been mandated to use personal protective equipment while in the jail since April 1 and all work stations are cleaned and sanitized three times a day," Baird was quoted saying in the news release. "All new inmates have been in a 14-day quarantine prior to being admitted into the general population. We will continue to follow the CDC guidelines and the Kendall County Health Department guidelines in an effort to maintain a safe and healthy jail environment."

Record Newspapers editor John Etheredge contributed to this report.

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