Coronovirus in NY: Another federal judge orders screening for inmates

Another New York federal judge has ordered body-temperature screening for prisoners with court dates in an effort to limit possible coronavirus exposure.

Brooklyn federal Judge Roslynn Mauskopf issued a directive prohibiting prisoners at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn and other holding facilities in the jurisdiction from being brought to court if they’re running a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, it was revealed Tuesday.

Mauskopf is the chief judge for the Eastern District of New York, which has courthouses in Brooklyn and Central Islip and takes detainees from MDC as well as jails in Queens, Long Island and Essex County, New Jersey.

Mauskopf’s order comes just days after Manhattan federal Judge Colleen McMahon, the chief judge for the Southern District of New York, issued a similar temperature-screen order Friday for prisoners due in court in Manhattan and White Plains.

Both Mauskopf and McMahon have also issued orders closing off federal courthouses to anyone who has traveled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan or South Korea within the last 14 days.

Also prohibited from walking through courthouse doors is anyone who has had contact with visitors to those five countries within the last two weeks, the judge ordered.

“Anyone attempting to enter in violation of these protocols will be denied entry by a court security officer,” the judges’ orders state in bold print.

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