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Vermont DOC Reports New Positive Cases at Three Facilities

Waterbury, VT – Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) is reporting five new COVID-19 cases across three facilities:

  • One new incarcerated positive at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport;
  • Two new incarcerated positives at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St. Albans;
  • Two new staff positives at Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) in Springfield.

These five new cases were detected through a combination of surveillance, intake, and outbreak testing conducted August 31, September 1 and September 2.

Northern and Northwest are both on full lockdown; the entire facility in Newport is testing today, as well as NWSCF staff. All staff and incarcerated individuals at SSCF are testing tomorrow, September 8.

There are now a total of 13 COVID-positive incarcerated individuals and zero COVID-positive staff at NSCF; 20 prior positive incarcerated individuals at NSCF have been medically cleared since the beginning of the recent outbreak, as well as seven COVID-positive staff. Statewide, there are 15 COVID-positive incarcerated individuals and three COVID-positive staff.

As of Tuesday, there are positive cases in staff, the incarcerated population, or both at four of Vermont’s six 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

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