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Oneida County Jail extending orientation to help prevent coronavirus outbreak at facility

While health officials are advising against mass gatherings to stop the spread of coronavirus, the Oneida County Jail is deciding how to stop the disease from affecting the inmates that have no choice but to live in close quarters.

Posted: Mar 11, 2020 5:32 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2020 5:47 PM

ORISKANY, N.Y. – While health officials are advising against mass gatherings to stop the spread of coronavirus, the Oneida County Jail is deciding how to stop the disease from affecting the inmates that have no choice but to live in close quarters.

Sheriff Robert Maciol says in the short term, they are extending orientation periods for incoming inmates as a precaution.

"So, what we're going to be doing is, we're going to be changing our orientation period from the regular five days to 15 days. That's the maximum I can hold someone in orientation, so, it kind of gets us past the 14 day period when we want to be closely monitoring people coming in, should they show any signs of the virus," said Maciol.

Staff disinfect the jail regularly, but are doing it more often as coronavirus concerns mount.

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