testing update, South Central Regional Jail
W.Va. – Retesting at the South Central Regional Jail shows
COVID-19 has been largely contained, with 57 positive and 433 negative results
among inmates and six positive and 84 negative results among staff.
The positive inmates are in just five of
the jail’s 24 housing units, including the two units where cases prompted the second
round of enhanced testing at the facility. None of the positive inmates require
care at this time in the jail’s medical section or at an outside facility. The
positive employees are all self-quarantining at home.
South Central remains on lockdown, with no
movement among its housing sections, and the five affected units are
quarantined. All inmates are screened and their temperatures checked daily,
with those in the affected units being checked, having their temperatures taken
and screened twice per day.
The jail will begin sanitizing all
hallways nightly with a disinfecting fogger machine, and the W.Va. National
Guard is prepared to sanitize the five housing units when ready.
As these measures show, the Division of
Corrections and Rehabilitation continues to follow its response plan for the
COVID-19 pandemic. DCR is also drawing from its experiences at its Huttonsville
Correctional Center, where more than 120 inmates tested positive in May, The
final active inmate case there recovered in early July.
DCR launched the retesting in coordination
with Gov. Jim Justice’s office, the W.Va. Department of Health and Human
Resources and its Bureau for Public Health. It has also provided updates to the
local health department.
South Central remains able to quarantine
new arrivals. The jail held 539 inmates as of Tuesday morning. Of that total, 308
inmates or 57 percent are pretrial defendants. To address the risk of COVID-19 within
correctional facilities, the W.Va. Supreme Court called on magistrates and
circuit judges in late March to consider personal recognizance or reduced bond
for “any pre-trial individuals who do not constitute a public safety risk.” The
jail now has 132 more inmates than when that guidance was issued.