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COVID-19 Outbreak: 14 New Cases Detected at Newport Facility

Waterbury, VT – Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were detected in outbreak testing at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport conducted on November 15. Thirteen of the cases are in the incarcerated population and one is among staff.

There are now a total of 18 incarcerated cases and seven staff cases at NSCF. The facility is on full lockdown and contact tracing is underway. Further testing dates will be scheduled in partnership with Vermont Department of Health (VDH). In this outbreak, a total of 18 incarcerated individuals and four staff have tested positive.

In the outbreak at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury, 19 incarcerated individuals have been medically cleared from COVID-19 status along with four staff, leaving a total of one incarcerated positive and two positive staff at that facility. Statewide there are currently 20 positive incarcerated cases and 12 positive staff cases across four correctional facilities.

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-friends. Click here for the direct link to the online Friends and Family portal.

Updates 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.

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