NEWARK, NJ — The following update regarding the coronavirus pandemic in Essex County was received from Anthony Puglisi, director of the Office of Public Information for Essex County, this afternoon. 

On Sunday, March 22nd, the Essex County administration and Essex County Correctional Facility leadership were notified by the GEO Group that an Essex County inmate residing in Delaney Hall in Newark has tested positive for and is exhibiting symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The inmate has been isolated from the general population at Delaney Hall and is responding well to the treatment being provided to him by the medical staff at Delaney Hall. In addition, the GEO Group has notified all staff who have come into contact with the inmate, and the seven inmates who were housed in the same dorm with the one inmate have been quarantined at the facility. None have exhibited any symptoms of the virus at this time. Working with the GEO Group, Essex Corrections staff are taking necessary precautions to ensure the ECCF is not impacted.