COVID-19 outbreak in Vermont prison spreads – Boston News, Weather, Sports – .

COVID-19 outbreak in Vermont prison spreads – Boston News, Weather, Sports – .

WATERBURY, Vermont (AP) – A coronavirus outbreak in a Vermont prison is developing, according to the State Department of Corrections.

Nine new cases of COVID-19 were detected at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport during testing on Thursday, the agency said in a statement. Six of the new cases involved detainees and three staff members.

There are now a total of 27 active cases in the facility, 20 among inmates and seven among staff. The facility has around 380 inmates, according to the latest data from the department.

The facility remains fully locked down and contact tracing on any new positives is underway, the agency said. Additional testing is planned in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health.

There are five confirmed cases of the coronavirus at the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury, three among inmates and two among staff. The facility has around 150 inmates, according to the agency’s latest data.

The outbreak at the St. Johnsbury facility had been worse, but 19 inmates and four staff with COVID-19 were medically cleared, the department said.

Statewide, there are currently 26 positive cases among inmates and 12 positive cases among staff in four prisons, the agency said.
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