More than 1000 prison staff contract coronavirus statewide, 20 inmates test positive in Washington County – North Country Public Radio

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More than 1,000 state prison staff have tested positive for COVID-19 across New York.

The State Department of Corrections isn’t saying where those prison staff work, but they are now reporting which facilities have inmates who have contracted the coronavirus.

Among the 310 inmates statewide who have tested positive for COVID-19, 20 of them are at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Washington County. 

According to the Dept. of Corrections, inmates who test positive are “maintained in isolation for a minimum of 14 days.” There are more than 29,000 state prison staff and 43,000 inmates at correctional facilities across New York.

There are no additional active cases among inmates at state correctional facilities in the North Country. Across New York, nine inmates and two state prison staff have died due to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the federal prison in Ray Brook in Essex County has five inmates and six staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.