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April 2020
NEWS RELEASE - 04/24/2020

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2020

Contact: Noble County Health Department (740)732-4958

Noble Correctional Institute (NCI) Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Noble County Ohio - The Noble County Health Department wishes to acknowledge that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) - Noble Correctional Institute (NCI) has had a staff member test positive for COVID-19.  Warden Jay Forshey informed us shortly after they received this confirmation. NCI has informed their staff, the inmate population and key community partners.  We understand, they have proceeded with contact tracing within the facility for those who may have been in contact with the employee. Those contacts have been informed and are under proper quarantine.

The Noble County Health Department and EMA are in regular contact with the Warden and his staff. We do wish to inform the public that while we have a good relationship with NCI, we have no jurisdiction of this State of Ohio run facility. It is with great mutual respect that we support each other and work together to protect the health and safety of our respective communities.

This staff member is not a part of the Noble County Case Count as the staff member does not reside in Noble County.  Should an inmate become positive, that individual would then be part of Noble County’s Case Count.

Should the public, staff and/or inmates families have concerns about NCI they should be directed to the ODRC, 614-387-0588