The cases identified Saturday involved 32 men and a woman in the general population at Fairbanks Correctional Center, the correctional department said.
All staff and inmates at the facility will be tested Saturday night, the correction department said, adding that results are expected back Monday night. Those who tested positive are isolated.
“Although we never wanted this day to come, the outbreak of the FCC is an eventuality that the department has been preparing for,” Corrections Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom said in the statement. the facility that is most vulnerable and identifies any additional cases within the institution. ”
Prior to the announcement of the Fairbank Correctional Center outbreak, there had been only five cases of COVID-19 among the general population inmates across the country, data from the correctional department showed on Saturday. There have been a further 97 cases among people detained throughout the state, which corrections, as officials have said, largely reflect those who have been infected in society as a whole as opposed to within a closed facility.
As of Thursday, 147,100 people in the country’s prisons had tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,246 COVID-19 deaths among inmates have occurred, according to The Marshall Project.
Fairbanks has struggled with yet another outburst in a cohesive housing setting. Fairbanks Pioneer Home saw several new cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff in October. The state-run home has reported 53 cases in connection with the outbreak in the last few weeks.
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