CHICAGO (CBS) — In-person visitation is being suspended at the Cook County Jail with COVID-19 rates spiking in both Chicago and suburban Cook County.

The Cook County Department of Corrections announced that in-person visits will no longer be allowed at the jail starting Monday.

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In June, the jail was one of the first to reinstate in-person visits, using an outdoor, socially-distant setting that involved temperature screenings for all guests before they saw inmates.

While the Cook County Jail saw a COVID-19 crisis early in the pandemic, the Department of Corrections said it has had “great success” in containing the coronavirus. But the COVID-19 positivity rates for Chicago and suburban Cook County stand at 15.6 percent and 15.2 percent, respectively, the department noted.

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Thus, visits are being banned to protect the health of staff and detainees.

Video visitation will continue, and in-person visitation will resume once it has been deemed safe.

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