By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
Ten employees of the Allegheny County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 and another 50 are currently quarantined as a result of community exposure and are not exposures from the workplace. The quarantines have left the jail short staffed.
“While these steps will impact staffing levels at the facility, we have worked with the union leadership to ensure the proper staffing to maintain the safety and security of all inmates and employees. We are confident that these measures will ensure the necessary levels of staffing for the continued security of the facility.
“We also continue to follow the advice of the facility’s medical provider as it relates to precautions for inmates. As has been done since the very beginning of this pandemic, those measures are in line with the guidance provided by the CDC, PA Department of Health, PA Department of Corrections, and the Allegheny County Health Department.”
But, according to sources inside the Allegheny County Jail and sources familiar with the massive exposure, employees were exposed at two recent, large social events — a party and a wedding — where many employees were in attendance.
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Source: 60 county jail employees infected or quarantined following large social gatherings; Activists say symptoms of incarcerated women ignored – Pittsburgh Current