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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office officers and staff expected to return to duty by next week

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has been working with a slimmer staff than usual due to some of its deputies and staff members being quarantined or self-isolated due to a few of them testing positive for the coronavirus early last week.

Sheriff Charles Black said four officers and members of the staff tested positive for the virus around Oct. 17, which led to several others in the office being quarantined due to close contact.

Black said the close contacts have not exhibited any symptoms of the virus and are set to return to work later this week.

“They should all be lifted off the quarantine list (today). Most of them will be back to work Thursday or Friday,” he said.

The officers and staff members who originally tested positive for COVID-19 have since tested negative and will soon return to duty, Black said.

“All four individuals are in the later stages. Some have already been re-tested and have come back negative (for the virus),” he said.

Officials are now awaiting approval from the health department for when the individuals can return to work.

“The majority of the officers will be back by the end of this week or beginning of next week,” he said.

None of the positive cases are related to the Monroe County Jail.

As of Tuesday, Monroe County has a total of 186 confirmed cases, 126 recoveries and 16 deaths. There are a total of 45 active cases in the county, according to local officials. The state reported different figures at coronavirus.ohio.org. The state on Tuesday reported 183 total cases in the county since the pandemic began, along with 96 recovered an 18 deaths, leaving 69 active cases in the county.

The county remains one of only four counties in the state at Level 1, or yellow, on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, a four-tiered, color-coded alert system. Yellow represents the lowest level of transmission risk.

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