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Va. correctional center reports 700+ COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, photo, a fence stands at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore,...
FILE - In this June 18, 2015, photo, a fence stands at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala. Faced with a federal court order to approve conditions inside prisons, Alabama is attempting to boost the number of correctional officers. Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said the department will need to add somewhere between 1,800 and 2,000 officers, according to staffing studies. A federal judge who ruled that mental health care to state inmates is “horrendously inadequate” said that low staffing is the overarching issue behind the prison system’s troubles. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)(Brynn Anderson | AP)
Updated: Sep. 25, 2020 at 6:19 PM EDT
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CAPRON, Va. (WWBT) - More than 700 incarcerated people inside of the Deerfield Correctional Center have tested positive for COVID-19. More inmates in the center have died from the virus than any correctional facility in the commonwealth.

Deerfield reported 733 positive cases on-site and a total of 19 deaths related to COVID-19.

Deerfield Correctional Center is home to the state’s largest cohort of geriatric male inmates and has serious health conditions and lives in an assisted living or nursing home environment.

Since the pandemic began, the Virginia Department of Corrections has performed more than 36,600 COVID-19 tests on offenders.

All Virginia correctional facilities are following the department’s pandemic sanitation plan, and offenders and staff are required to wear personal protective equipment at all times, including medical-grade N95 masks when appropriate.

VADOC is working with the Virginia Department of Health to manage the outbreak.

Deerfield Correctional Center is located in Capron and has an average daily population of about 925 people. For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia correctional facilities, visit this link.

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