Nine New Cases Detected At Newport Facility

The Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport City. (File Photo)

Additional cases were identified in the outbreak at the Newport prison.

According to Vt. Department of Corrections, 9 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in outbreak testing conducted on Thursday at Northern State Correctional Facility. Six of the cases were identified in the incarcerated population and three among staff.

There are now a total of 20 active incarcerated cases and seven active staff cases at NSCF. The facility remains on full lockdown and contact tracing on the new positives is underway. Further facility-wide testing dates will be held in the days ahead.

There are two active outbreaks at Vermont correctional facilities - both in the Northeast Kingdom, the outbreak at NSCF as well as at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury, where two staff and three incarcerated individuals are currently COVID-positive. Statewide there are currently 26 positive incarcerated cases and 12 positive staff cases across four correctional facilities, said DOC Public Information Officer Rachel Feldman.

Another NEK Death

On Monday, the Vermont Department of Heatlh announced 36 additional cases in the Northeast Kingdom were identified on Sunday. This included 18 cases in Caledonia County, 10 cases in Orleans County and 8 cases in Essex County.

In addition, the Health Department announced Monday an addition Orleans County resident died of COVID-19. The fatality occurred Friday and is the 24th death in Orleans County and the 7th in November alone. There has been a total of 47 deaths in the NEK, which includes 21 in Caledonia County and 2 in Essex County.

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