Waterbury, VT – The Vermont Department of Corrections is announcing 10 incarcerated individuals tested positive for COVID-19 at the Northeast Correctional Complex (NECC) in St. Johnsbury during testing conducted January 20. Nine of the incarcerated individuals reside in the work camp building where the outbreak was first detected on January 8. The tenth case was detected in general population at the facility’s second building.
The Department detected two additional cases through intake quarantine testing: one at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF) in South Burlington and one at Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) in Springfield.
All three facilities are on full lockdown. Vermont DOC and Vermont Department of Health are coordinating on follow-up testing next week.
As of Friday night, 57 incarcerated individuals are considered positive across four Vermont facilities. Statewide, 57 positive staff cases currently exist across six correctional facilities, eight field offices, the Vermont Correctional 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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