A woman incarcerated at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility tested positive Thursday for COVID-19 as she was preparing to leave the facility.
The Colorado Department of Corrections will now test all the inmates who lived in the housing pod with the woman as well as any staff who worked in that vicinity, according to a news release from the department.
“The outcome of those tests will determine any future testing needs at the facility,” the release states.
The case is the second new diagnosis in the prison system in three days. An inmate and a staff member at the Buena Vista Correctional Complex on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19.
Since March, 632 inmates across the state have tested positive for the virus and three have died. Most of the cases and all of the deaths were connected to the Sterling Correctional Facility. The new cases this week occurred at facilities where there had not been previous widespread outbreaks.
The women’s facility was already on a lockdown due to a staff member testing positive, according to the release. That means that women are stuck in their cells all day except to use the bathroom or shower.
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