Covid-19 outbreak continues at St. Johnsbury prison complex

Jan 20 2022, 8:33 PM

The number of Covid-19 cases at the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury continues to climb with 49 positive cases recorded among the incarcerated population and 17 positive cases among staff as of Thursday, according to the Department of Corrections. 

That’s up from the 47 positive cases among incarcerated people and nine among staff there on Saturday.

The complex remains under lockdown with no visitors allowed as testing and contact tracing continues in partnership with the Department of Health.

“This is a challenging situation for everybody,” corrections spokesperson Rachel Feldman said.

By Thursday afternoon, 54 incarcerated people tested positive for the virus across the six Department of Corrections facilities. 

Three new positives were logged at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington. One new case was identified at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton, and one at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Feldman said.

All five prisons were on full lockdown Thursday morning. Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility, a jail in Rutland, was on a modified lockdown with transfers and programming staff being allowed in and out, she said.

There were no new cases among incarcerated individuals in Rutland or at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport.

There were 65 positive cases among DOC staff statewide as of Thursday afternoon, Feldman said, a dip from the 72 staff infections reported Saturday.

— Auditi Guha

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