During this COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and health of employees, those incarcerated in state prisons, and the general public remains a top priority.
Prisons is actively monitoring the health conditions of the offender population, with specific focus on frequent cleaning, good hygiene practices, medical triage, appropriate testing and tracking.
As the pandemic evolves, NCDPS is implementing necessary measures (see list) to ensure the safety and health of all North Carolinians. The department continues to monitor the constantly changing situation and will update this list as we take additional safety steps to help address impacts from the COVID-19 virus and do our part to protect North Carolinians.
Recent Actions Taken
December 14, 2020
Initiated an aggressive COVID-19 testing plan for all staff who work inside prisons, to test them every two weeks. In addition, 5% of staff who work in other Prisons’ locations that do not house offenders will be tested for the virus on a weekly basis, resulting in at least 20% of the staff at these locations being tested each month.
December 10, 2020
Consolidated additional prison operations to help mitigate impacts from COVID-19 on the prison system. Temporarily suspended operations at the minimum custody camp at Marion Correctional on Dec. 9 and the staff reassigned temporarily to the main prison campus at Marion Correctional.
- Some offenders may be tested multiple times for COVID-19. Also, the columns for test performed, offenders tested, positive and negative show the facility where the offender was housed when the test results were received while the presumed recovered and active cases columns show where the offender is currently located (excluding those off the premises, such as in court or at a hospital) when the chart is updated daily. Total offenders testing positive and negative columns include offenders who are no longer incarcerated while the presumed recovered and active cases columns reflect offenders currently incarcerated.
- Prisons is following NCDHHS guidance on presumed to be recovered patients, which can be found online on the COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard.
- As testing frequency within prisons increases, data entry associated with testing and its results may be delayed. This chart is updated once daily, therefore it may not represent the most current information.
*This is the number of hospitalized offenders with a COVID-19 diagnosis entered into the Prisons medical database at the time the chart is updated each day.
|Confirmed COVID-19-Related Offender Deaths
|Mountain View CI