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Blanket testing of inmates and staff at Rutland jail yields no positive Covid-19 results

May 28 2020, 2:15 PM

Mass testing of staff and inmates at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility has resulted in no positive results for the coronavirus.

A total of 117 inmates and 87 staff were tested this week at the Rutland jail, the corrections department stated in a news release Thursday afternoon. 

The Marble Valley jail is the fourth correctional facility in the state in which mass testing of staff and inmates has taken place.

Blanket testing last week at the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury also yielded no positive results among the staff and inmates there. 

Earlier this month, after a staff member at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington tested positive for the coronavirus, mass testing of the rest of the staff as well as the inmates at the state’s only women’s prison led to no additional positive results.

Testing in April at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans led to a total of more than 40 inmates testing positive as well as 20 staff members. Those inmates have all since recovered, according to corrections officials.

Next week, the Vermont Department of Health staff will test staff and inmates at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. Following that, testing is expected to take place of the staff and inmates at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. 

— Alan Keays