Newport prison in full lockdown following 22 positive cases

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Newport prison in full lockdown following 22 positive cases

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 11:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) is reporting a Covid-19 outbreak at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport after one staff member and 21 incarcerated individuals tested positive for the virus. The 22 total cases were detected in testing conducted February 23, 2021. 

The facility was placed in full lockdown upon receipt of the positive results on February 25. Contact tracing is underway, and Vermont DOC and Vermont Health Department’s Rapid Response Team are outlining follow-up actions and testing. 

In addition to the cases at NSCF, a staff member from Middlebury Probation and Parole (MIPP) also tested positive on February 23. As of Friday, a total of six staff and 30 incarcerated individuals are positive for the virus. 

Full lockdowns are also in place at Northwest State Correctional Facility and Northeast Correctional Complex as a result of positive cases at those facilities. All other state facilities are in modified lockdown. 

Daily updates on the COVID-19 response in Vermont’s correctional facilities can be found at https://doc.vermont.gov/covid-19-information-page.

St Albans Correctional Facility

The Vermont DOC previously reporting one new staff case of Covid-19 and nine new incarcerated cases at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St Albans. The ten cases were detected in testing conducted February 17, 2021.

Contact tracing is complete on the ten new positive cases and those identified as close contacts of the individuals who tested positive are being placed in medical quarantine. All staff and incarcerated individuals at NWSCF will be tested again on February 24.  

Full lockdown remains in place at NWSCF; it began after January 28 testing showed positive cases among staff and the incarcerated population. As of today, two staff and nine incarcerated individuals at NWSCF are positive for the virus.

In addition to the cases at NWSCF, a staff member from Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) tested positive on February 18. The facility was initially placed on full lockdown and has since returned to modified operations after contact tracing on the positive staff member showed low-exposure risk to the incarcerated population.

Northeast Correctional Complex (NECC) remains in full lockdown in response to a positive staff case detected the first week of February. Outbreak testing on February 11 returned one more positive staff case. A second round of outbreak testing on February 19 showed no new positive cases among staff or the incarcerated population. All staff and incarcerated individuals will be tested again on February 26.

Daily updates on the COVID-19 response in Vermont’s correctional facilities can be found at https://doc.vermont.gov/covid-19-information-page

Medical Isolation refers to the physical separation of ill persons (positive Covid-19 test and/or the presence of symptoms: fever, cough or respiratory distress) from those who are not ill in order to prevent the spread of disease-causing germs.

St Albans Correctional Facility

The Vermont DOC previously reporting one new staff case of Covid-19 and nine new incarcerated cases at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St Albans. The ten cases were detected in testing conducted February 17, 2021.

Contact tracing is complete on the ten new positive cases and those identified as close contacts of the individuals who tested positive are being placed in medical quarantine. All staff and incarcerated individuals at NWSCF will be tested again on February 24.  

Full lockdown remains in place at NWSCF; it began after January 28 testing showed positive cases among staff and the incarcerated population. As of today, two staff and nine incarcerated individuals at NWSCF are positive for the virus.

In addition to the cases at NWSCF, a staff member from Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) tested positive on February 18. The facility was initially placed on full lockdown and has since returned to modified operations after contact tracing on the positive staff member showed low-exposure risk to the incarcerated population.

Northeast Correctional Complex (NECC) remains in full lockdown in response to a positive staff case detected the first week of February. Outbreak testing on February 11 returned one more positive staff case. A second round of outbreak testing on February 19 showed no new positive cases among staff or the incarcerated population. All staff and incarcerated individuals will be tested again on February 26.

Daily updates on the COVID-19 response in Vermont’s correctional facilities can be found at https://doc.vermont.gov/covid-19-information-page

Medical Isolation refers to the physical separation of ill persons (positive Covid-19 test and/or the presence of symptoms: fever, cough or respiratory distress) from those who are not ill in order to prevent the spread of disease-causing germs.

Incarcerated Individuals Testing Information by Race

The In-State and Out-of-State Incarcerated Population COVID Testing by Race Tables include race details for all individuals who were tested while housed in Vermont in-state and out-of-state correctional facilities, separately.

The Point-in-Time Total Incarcerated Population Race Data Tables include race details for all individuals incarcerated in Vermont in-state and out-of-state correctional facilities, separately. These are point-in-time analyses, so this information is accurate as of 10pm on the date listed on the table. THESE TABLES DO NOT REFLECT COVID-19 RACE DETAILS, BUT ARE PROVIDED AS REFERENCE FOR THE COVID TESTING BY RACE TABLES.

NOTE: Incarcerated Population Testing Information by Race will be updated less frequently than the other Trackers provided on this page.

In-State Incarcerated Population COVID Testing by Race

 

Out-of-State Incarcerated Population COVID Testing by Race

 

Staff Report

The Department will report confirmed postive test results of DOC staff. The Department will not release any information that could lead to the identification of a staff member.

This report is accurate as of 2:00pm on the report date. Information in red indicates new information since the last report.

Source: Waterbury, Vt., February 26, 2021 – Vermont Department of Corrections