Greene County leaders demand state take action at Greene Correctional Facility

WNYT Staff
Updated: October 21, 2020 07:46 PM
Created: October 21, 2020 11:50 AM

Greene County leaders are calling on the governor and the New York State Department of Corrections to take aggressive actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Greene County Correctional Facility.

They say the recent spike in cases is due to the lack of testing performed by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision on employees.

"My concern is if we don't get this taken care of right away we're going to have the same issue that we had with nursing homes back at the beginning of this crisis," said Assemblymember Chris Tague, R - Schoharie.

"Our position would be every employee in a periodic basis probably weekly should be tested. Why? Why isn't it happening? Why has it come to this?" said Shaun Groden, Greene County Administrator.

Members of the legislature met at 1 p.m. outside the Water Street entrance to the Greene County Office Building.

Groden and the other officials are calling on the governor to acknowledge the facility as a hot spot and implement stricter testing and tracing efforts. They also want the inmate positive numbers to not be counted in the county totals as those positives they feel are a result of a lack of prevention and action by the state.

With a total of 100 inmates and 14 staff having tested positive in recent weeks Greene County is not eligible to reopen movie theaters this weekend. Groden and other board members called this unfair saying these inmates are not part of the general population.

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