Northwest State Correctional isolates 28 inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19

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WATERBURY, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Corrections has isolated 28 inmates from Northwest Correctional Facility in its St. Johnsbury complex after they tested positive for COVID-19.

Facility-wide tests were conducted in the Swanton prison after an inmate tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Three employes tested positive for the virus earlier this week. A total of 29 inmates and eight staff members at the prison have tested positive, with results from roughly half of the 328 tests still pending. The full results will be released Friday. 

Corrections officials said the inmates are asymptomatic, but will be isolated at the St. Johnsbury complex while they recover. Staff who tested positive will be quarantined at home. The prison remains on a full lock down, and staff and inmates were issued masks to wear at all times.

During lockdown, inmates remain in their cells and essential services such as meals and medication will be brought to them.

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