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Cook County Jail’s Group Housing Coronavirus Ban Overturned

Sept. 8, 2020, 9:02 PM

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart convinced the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a trial judge’s order blocking the Cook County Jail from using group housing after a major coronavirus outbreak at the facility.

More than 1,000 detainees, correctional officers, and facility employees have tested positive for Covid-19 since March, and 10 people have died, according to information posted on the Cook County Sheriff’s website. There are 39 detainees with positive cases of Covid-19, according to that publicly available information.

But the preliminary injunction that barred the Cook County Jail in April from “double celling” and group housing ...