Vermont prison has 100 inmate, 8 staff cases of COVID-19

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NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — One hundred inmates and eight staff members at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, the largest outbreak at a Vermont correctional facility since the start of the pandemic, the commissioner for the Department of Corrections said.

“It’s all hands on deck for our response,” Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker said in a statement Tuesday.Baker says the prison is being treated as though it were a hospital. Officials are coordinating with the department’s medical contractor, regional hospitals, the State Emergency Operations Center and the Vermont Department of Health to ensure the well-being of the staff and inmates

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