Nevada’s Department of Corrections (NDOC) reports that among 10,329 prison inmates tested, only 9 inmates tested positive. That’s less than 1% rate of infection among prison populations nationwide.
“Nevada’s goal has been to mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 through rigorous testing and the implementation of deliberate and pro-active protocols,” said Governor Steve Sisolak.“ Our state’s testing initiative is the result of a successful partnership between NDOC, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory to test one of our state’s most vulnerable populations.”
“The very low number of offenders testing positiveis a testament to the strength of the firewall NDOC established to stop the spread of the virus,” said Charles Daniels, NDOC Director. “Our custody staff implemented pro-active procedures to ensure the safety of everyone at our facilities, while our medical staff worked tirelessly to test offenders and provide appropriate medical care.This has been a team effort and I could not be prouder.”The testing initiative includes NDOC staff. So far, 2,362 staff or 89% of NDOC’s total of 2,648 have been tested for COVID-19. Only 34 staff have tested positive for the virus for a 1.44% positivity rate.
Releasing staff from duty who test positive begin quarantine, and authorize their return to work only after receiving approval from NDOC’s medical director. NDOC recently distributed 22,000 face coverings statewide to offenders to reduce the likelihood of an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier passing the virus to others. NDOC will continue to work closely with local and state public health officials to ensure the health and safety of staff and offenders.
Department COVID-19 updates can be found at http://doc.nv.gov/About/Press_Release/covid19_updates. More information about Nevada’s COVID-19 response can be found at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov.