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Inmate At Vermont Women's Prison Tests Positive For COVID-19

Officials say an incoming inmate at the Vermont women's prison has tested positive for COVID-19.
Human Services Secretary Mike Smith says the case at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington was detected on Saturday and the inmate had contact with staff and some inmates but not the general prison population.  “Our vulnerability is when people are entering our facilities. That’s why we’re testing upon entry into the facilities.”

Smith says contact tracing is taking place and any inmates who had contact with the infected inmate have been isolated.  

At the Marble Valley Regional Correction Facility in Rutland  all staff and inmates tested negative over the weekend an inmate became infected. They will be tested again in a week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Contents © copyright 2020. All rights reserved.