WV Corrections continues close watch on COVID-19 numbers at jail


In this April 16, 2020, photo a gloved hand points to a holding cell at the hospital ward of the Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles. Across the country first responders who’ve fallen ill from COVID-19, recovered have begun the harrowing experience of returning to jobs that put them back on the front lines of America’s fight against the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDCR) remains very watchful for signs of COVID-19 at its facilities, particularly at Southern Regional Jail in Raleigh County, where several cases were reported this week.

Only one active case of COVID-19 was among inmates Friday, as two other inmates who tested positive were released on furloughs.

Seven employees, including contract workers, have also tested positive. They remain self-quarantined at home until they test negative and are medically cleared to return to duty.

All inmates and staff throughout the WVDCR have been issued cloth face coverings, made by fellow inmates through a collaboration between Correctional Industries and WV National Guard.

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