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More than 30 people test positive in Covid outbreak at Newport prison

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Northern State Correctional Facility
The Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. Photo courtesy Vermont Department of Corrections

In another Covid-19 outbreak in Vermont’s prison system, 28 incarcerated people and three staff members tested positive for the virus at the prison in Newport, the Vermont Department of Corrections announced in a Wednesday press release.

Three incarcerated individuals at Northern State Correctional Facility already had tested positive before further testing was conducted Tuesday, officials said in the release. Twenty-five additional incarcerated people who are positive for the virus all reside in the same unit as the three prior positive cases, officials said, but the remaining three cases detected Wednesday are “from three different general population units.”

Of the three prior positive cases, two were recently transferred from St. Albans’s Northwest State Correctional Facility where 15 incarcerated individuals have tested positive for Covid since Jan. 30.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 45 incarcerated people are positive for Covid-19 across three Vermont Department of Corrections facilities. Positive cases among those incarcerated had dipped to 19 on Jan. 28.

[Looking for data on breakthrough cases? See our reporting on the latest available statistics.]

In addition, 24 staff members are positive for the virus across six correctional facilities, three field offices and the central office, according to the release.

The Newport facility is on full lockdown, and all other facilities are on “modified operations,” according to corrections department spokesperson Rachel Feldman.

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Jeralyn Darling

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As VTDigger's news editor, Jeralyn Darling anchors the night desk, often as the final set of eyes on stories before they are published. Before arriving at VTDigger she was a night desk editor at the Valley News, covering the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Jeralyn has spent the last 14 years as a journalist. She holds a BA in journalism and sociology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. When not at work, Jeralyn can be found on the trail with her husband, in the woods hunting mushrooms or volunteering with animals.

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