Social visits at Cook County Jail suspended amid coronavirus concerns

CHICAGO (WLS) -- All social visits for detainees at Cook County Jail have been suspended until further notice as part of an ongoing effort to address COVID-19, Sheriff Tom Dart announced Saturday.

There are currently no known cases of the novel coronavirus in the Department of Corrections, according to a release by the sheriff's office.

Attorneys and clergy members will be able to visit detainees but will be screened by staff for symptoms of COVID-19, officials said.

The jail said it's working on ways for detainees to communicate with their loved ones by phone.
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