Waterbury, VT – The Vermont Department of Corrections detected an incarcerated case of COVID-19 during intake quarantine at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St. Albans. Vermont DOC conducted the test on January 1, with results returned January 3.
This is the first positive incarcerated case detected at the Franklin County facility since December 14; that case was also found through intake quarantine testing. There are currently three positive incarcerated cases throughout the state’s six facilities as well as Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, Mississippi: one at NWSCF and two at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), all in intake quarantine. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to the general population, all new entries from the community are held in intake quarantine pending three COVID tests and lack of symptoms.
Statewide, three positive incarcerated cases and 33 positive staff cases currently exist across six correctional facilities, five field offices, the Vermont Corrections Academy, and Central Office.
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 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.
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