Coronavirus: MonDay Correctional staff member tests positive

A staff member at MonDay Community Correctional Institution tested positive for coronavirus after an initial test came back negative, according to an announcement posted to Montgomery County's website.

The staff member has been not been working since they started feeling sick 26 days ago, read a letter from Micheal Flannery, directory of the facility.

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“The initial test results were negative and they were informed of them over a week ago and notified us,” the letter read. “But a second test, of the same sample, was completed and it was positive.”

The employee has not been back to work in the last 26 days and the facility hasn’t had any residents or other staff test positive for the virus.

They are recovering and doing well, according to the director.

The case is a “unique” one, Flannery wrote, due to the initial negative test result.

“Had the first test been positive (remember it was negative) we would have had to quarantine and a tracking history would have been conducted to determine which staff and residents had been exposed to the staff person,” he wrote. “The exposure was 26 days ago and Montgomery County Public Health Department stated that a 14 day quarantine would serve no purpose at this time and is not needed.”

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The facility has notified staff and residents, as well as courts and probation departments.

“Please assured we are doing our best to keep everyone safe during this unprecedented event,” the letter read. “We appreciate your understanding.”

This is the first MonDay staff member to test positive for coronavirus and the first confirmed correctional worker to test positive in the Dayton area.

A Greene County sheriff’s deputy who tested positive for the virus was recently released from the hospital. The deputy was on road patrol. The case is not believed to be associated with the Greene County Jail.

We have reached out to the facility for more details.

We will continue to update this story as more information is released.

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