More HCCC inmates test positive – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-06-16 07:05:47 –

Nearly 200 prisoners at the Hawaii Community Correction Center have so far tested positive for COVID-19 in an ongoing outbreak that began last month.

On Friday, the state’s public security bureau announced that 40 of the 70 new prisoner test results received as part of an ongoing mass test at Hilo Prison were positive and 30 were negative.

As of Friday, 199 prisoners tested positive for coronavirus at the HCCC, but DPS spokeswoman Toni Schwartz said one case was reported “early before the outbreak.” ..

A total of 198 prisoners have been tested positive for the virus since two positive cases were first reported in Hilo Prison on May 24.

Of these, 119 were active as of Friday.

As of June 7, the HCCC had 344 prisoners, with a capacity of 226.

According to DPS, one additional staff member also tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of active staff cases to seven.

Two staff were hospitalized.

According to Schwartz, the DPS facility follows a pandemic program based on state and federal guidelines for correctional facilities to medically isolate, quarantine, and cohort inmates as much as possible.

The 76-page plan can be found online at bit.ly/DPSpandemicresponse.

No other clusters have been investigated on the Big Island in the last 14 days, according to the State Department’s Weekly Cluster Report published Thursday.

According to the DPS, COVID-19 testing is ongoing at all facilities throughout the state, and the department continues to encourage all staff and prisoners to voluntarily be tested and vaccinated with COVID. I am.

“(DPS) has worked closely with DOH and the district health departments on each island to coordinate and provide opportunities for prisoners to voluntarily vaccinate,” Schwartz said. “The vaccine has been provided several times at the HCCC.”

Earlier this week, Schwartz said the DPS was considering an option to temporarily relocate to another facility with ample space to accommodate HCCC prisoners.

However, as of Friday, she said no prisoners were held in other facilities.

Send an email to Stephanie Salmon at ssalmons@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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