The Department is committed to protecting the health and safety of those living and working in our facilities. Since the outbreak began, we have been preparing our facilities and our staff to safely and effectively manage this extraordinary challenge. Working in conjunction with our medical service partner, Correctional Health Services (CHS), the Department has taken and will take the following steps to protect people in custody and our staff against COVID-19.
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Personal Protective Equipment: In accordance with national and local guidelines, all staff and all persons in custody are provided and instructed to wear face masks.
We are also proud to announce our partnership with Northwell Health- Go Health Urgent Care.
All DOC personnel, both uniformed and non-uniformed, will be provided access to COVID-19 testing at Northwell Health Urgent Care sites. Testing will be provided specifically to staff who are symptomatic and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are exhibiting symptoms of this disease. Staff can register for an appointment by calling Northwell Health Urgent Care First Responder call center or walk in to any Northwell Health Urgent Care center.
Protecting Vulnerable Populations
DOC and CHS have taken precautions to identify and protect those who may be at high risk of a serious course of illness from COVID-19. These precautions include placement in dedicated housing units for distinct populations:
Public Health Emergency Report
Local law 59 of 2020 requires the Department and CHS to issue reports during public health emergencies and post certain portions of the report on their website.
• Timeline of Significant Events related to COVID-19
• CHS City Council Local Law 59 Reports