Staff member, 21 inmates at Newport prison test positive for COVID-19

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NEWPORT – Vermont Department of Corrections is reporting a Covid-19 outbreak at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport.

The DOC says one staff member and 21 incarcerated individuals tested positive for the virus.

The 22 total cases were detected in testing conducted on Tuesday.

The facility was placed in full lockdown upon receipt of the positive results on Thursday.

Contact tracing is underway, and Vermont DOC and Vermont Health Department’s Rapid Response Team say they are outlining follow-up actions and testing.

In addition to the cases at NSCF, a staff member from Middlebury Probation and Parole also tested positive on Tuesday.

As of today, a total of six staff and 30 incarcerated individuals are positive for the virus.

Full lockdowns are also in place at Northwest State Correctional Facility and Northeast Correctional Complex as a result of positive cases at those facilities.

All other state facilities are in modified lockdown.

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