Intake testing detects COVID cases at four Vermont prisons

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Intake testing detects COVID cases at four Vermont prisons

Wed, 01/05/2022 - 2:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections announced Tuesday evening that it has detected four new incarcerated cases of COVID-19 during intake quarantine at four different facilities: Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility (MVRCF) in Rutland, Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St. Albans, Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport, and Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) in Springfield.

The positive individual at SSCF was released prior to receipt of the positive result, leaving in Vermont DOC’s care three of the new individuals who tested positive.

“Our COVID mitigation strategies are working,” said Commissioner Nicholas Deml. “While we cannot control the virus, we can mitigate its impact on those in our care. And, we are successfully doing just that. I appreciate the teams at Vermont DOC and the Vermont Department of Health for their around-the-clock work to protect our facilities, our staff, and Vermonters in our care.”

Statewide, five positive incarcerated cases and 37 positive staff cases currently exist across six correctional facilities, five field offices, and the Vermont Corrections Academy.

Families and friends of incarcerated individuals are encouraged to reach out to the Vermont DOC Office of Constituency Services with questions: https://doc.vermont.gov/information-inmate-families-and-friendsClick here for the direct link to the online Friends and Family portal.

Updates and data on the COVID-19 response in Vermont’s correctional facilities can be found at https://doc.vermont.gov/covid-19-information-page. Prior press updates can be found at https://doc.vermont.gov/content/press-releases.

Source: Waterbury, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Corrections 1.5.2022