The Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) has expanded its comprehensive COVID-19 testing initiative to facilities in northern Nevada, while confirming its first northern Nevada case of an offender testing positive for the virus.
“Our top priority is the health of staff and offenders at our facilities,” said Charles Daniels, NDOC Director. “Our preparation and response is deliberate and in accordance with agency contingency plans and protocols. Our goal is mitigating and ultimately preventing the sustained spread of COVID-19.”
To date, NDOC has tested more than 800 staff and 6,700 offenders statewide. These totals grow every day now that testing has begun at facilities in northern Nevada such as Lovelock Correctional Center and Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC). The initiative is a partnership between NDOC, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory that aligns with the State’s goal to increase testing statewide and protect vulnerable populations.
The male offender who tested positive was a transfer from Washoe County Detention Center in Reno to NNCC in Carson City. He entered NNCC’s intake unit on May 27 and was undergoing health, mental, and physical screening. This included a test for COVID-19 as part of NDOC’s testing initiative, which subsequently came back positive.