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COVID-19 Cases at CCDOC

Everything the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) has done before and since the virus started spreading in the Chicago area has been in effort to save lives.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to support vaccination efforts, provide on-site testing for staff, limit unnecessary movement, and educate on the use of PPE and the importance of good hygiene.

Many of CCDOC’s efforts were noted by the CDC as examples for other correctional institutions to follow.

The jail has continued its early pandemic practices, many which began as early as January 2020, including broad testing, frequent cleaning and sanitizing, as well as mask requirements for individuals in custody and staff.

Unfortunately, the dedicated staff at Cook County Jail and Cermak Health Services cannot prevent an outbreak alone- we also need the community’s help. Please get vaccinated.

As of 12/05/2022:

  • 73 individuals in custody at Cook County Jail are currently positive for COVID-19.
  • 10 individuals in custody who tested positive for COVID-19 have died while receiving treatment at local hospitals.

Additionally, 13 Cook County Sheriff’s employees are positive for COVID-19.

We are saddened to report that seven active members of our sworn staff have passed away as result of complications due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Note: On June 9, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office revised its reporting protocol to count positive COVID-19 cases by the date the individuals were tested. Previously, positive cases were reported based on the date that the test result was obtained. This led to artificial fluctuations due to initial delays in obtaining test results.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is committed to transparency and accuracy. We believe reporting cases by the date the test was administered is the most accurate method of reporting positive COVID-19 cases, since the individual in custody was ultimately found to be positive based on the date the test was taken. It is important to note that any symptomatic individual in custody who was tested was isolated on the date of the test, not the date of the result, and the total number of positive cases is unaffected by the new methodology. All data shown on this page has been updated using the new reporting protocol.

During periods of unusually high case volumes reported numbers may be subject to delays.