51 confirmed cases of inmates, staff with the coronavirus in Virginia state facilities


(WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Corrections announced Friday there are now 51 confirmed cases of inmates and staff infected with COVID-19 in its correctional facilities.

According to the latest update, 26 inmates (20 on-site and six hospitalized) have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 25 staff members, which includes both employees and contractors, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland, which includes State Farm Work Center, has the most confirmed cases with 13 inmates, nine on-site and four hospitalized, and 15 staff members sickened by the coronavirus.

Here’s the breakdown of inmates with COVID-19:

  • Central Virginia Correctional Unit #13 – 7 inmates
  • Haynesville Correctional Center – 2 inmates
  • Sussex II State Prison – 4 inmates
  • Virginia Correctional Center for Women (includes State Farm Work Center) – 13 inmates

The Virginia Department of Corrections says it’s taking precautions in its prisons by following CDC guidelines and requiring all offenders to wear sneeze and cough guards. Visitation and volunteer activities remain canceled as a result of the outbreak until further notice.

For more information about VADOC’s procedures during the coronavirus outbreak click here.



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