CHICAGO (CBS) — In-person visits will be allowed at the Cook County Jail again starting on Sunday for detainees who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The jail first suspended in-person visitation last March at the beginning of the pandemic, and then resumed visits outdoors in June as COVID-19 cases were dropping over the summer. In-person visitation was halted again in November as a second surge of the pandemic took hold and coronavirus cases began to rise again in Cook County.READ MORE: Chicago House Music DJ And Producer Paul Johnson Dies After Battle With COVID-19
On Sunday, people can begin scheduling 30-minute visits with vaccinated inmates online at dvv.ccsheriff.org.
Only detainees who have received the vaccine will be eligible for in-person visits, and those who are in quarantine or isolation are not eligible until they are medically cleared. Detainees who have been vaccinated can get up to two in-person visits per week, and the visits will be held outdoors in large tents.READ MORE: Woman Pistol-Whipped On CTA Blue Line Train In Bucktown
“The decision to resume in-person visitations is part of the Sheriff’s Office’s ongoing efforts to balance the need to protect detainees and staff from COVID with the need to provide individuals in custody opportunities to maintain relationships with their loved ones,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office said in a statement.
Officials will conduct temperature checks on all visitors, who will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing.
Cook County Jail officials said they are performing more than 1,000 COVID-19 tests per week at the jail, and as of March 6, only 3 of approximately 5,500 detainees were COVID positive. The number of daily cases at the jail has stayed below 20 for the past two weeks, according to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office.MORE NEWS: Gov. JB Pritzker Issues New Mask Mandate For Illinois Schools, Some State Employees As COVID-19 Cases Continue To Climb
Video visitations remain available to all detainees.