DPS: OCCC COVID cluster infects 16 inmates, 7 staff

DPS: OCCC COVID cluster infects 16 inmates, 7 staff
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Public Safety continues to monitor the cluster of COVID cases at OCCC and other prison facilities around the state.

On Wednesday, the department updated their number of infected inmates and staff. They said seven additional inmates have since tested positive. No new Adult Corrections Officers were found to be infected.

The latest cases bring the total number of infected inmates at OCCC to 16, along with seven ACOs.

One staff member also tested positive at the Halawa Correctional Facility, and two at the Waiawa location. One staff member in the Sheriff’s Division is also known to be positive for the virus.

DPS says the Department of Health is coordinating testing efforts alongside the National Guard.

Deep cleaning and contact tracing efforts are said to be underway.

DPS also adds, “With the concurrence of the Judiciary, all transports to court from all Oahu facilities will be suspended through Friday. Video hearings will still be accommodated to the extent possible and as legally permissible. PSD is in constant contact with the Judiciary to assure the safety of all staff and inmates involved.

This story may be updated.

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