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Social Visits for Detainees at Cook County Jail Suspended as Part of COVID-19 Precautions

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 virus, all visits to detainees at the Cook County Department of Corrections (DOC) will be suspended until further notice, effective Sunday, March 15, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

While there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the DOC, the decision to suspend visits was made based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Justice, and other state and local health officials.

During this time, attorneys and clergy members will be able to visit detainees but will be screened by staff for symptoms of COVID-19. Staff are also working to expand opportunities for detainees to communicate with their loved ones by phone.

The health and safety of DOC staff, detainees, and the public will continue to be the primary concern of the Sheriff’s Office.


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