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Delaware Dept. of Correction reports new COVID-19 cases

Delaware Public Media

Delaware's Department of Correction says there are 2 more COVID-19 cases in the state's prison system.
The cases involve an inmate at Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown and another correctional officer at Vaughn prison near Smyrna.

The inmate is the first to test positive at a facility other than Vaughn. The individual is being treated in isolation at the Sussex Community Corrections Center and in stable condition.
DOC says inmates living in the same housing unit are being carefully monitored by medical and security staff, including daily temperature checks.


The officer has been self-isolating since last working at Vaughn on April 8th.  This person just received a positive test COVID-19 result Tuesday.
"All of our facilities are continuing to follow our comprehensive prevention, screening, and cleaning protocols while being vigilant in looking for and immediately reacting to symptoms of illness among employees and the individuals in our custody,"  said Dept. of Correction Commissioner Claire DeMatteis in a statement.


These latest two cases bring the number of inmates across the state who have tested positive to 13 and the number of correctional officers who have tested positive to 13 as well.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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