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33 people test positive for COVID-19 at Fairbanks Correctional Center

Of the positive COVID-19 cases, 32 are men and 1 is female. All offenders were housed in general population at the time of their positive test result.
Of the positive COVID-19 cases, 32 are men and 1 is female. All offenders were housed in general population at the time of their positive test result.(Sarah Hollister)
Published: Oct. 17, 2020 at 5:50 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Corrections, they have identified 33 positive cases of COVID-19 at Fairbanks Correctional Center on Saturday.

Of the positive cases, 32 are men, 1 is female. All offenders were housed in general population at the time of their positive test result.

Upon advice from the State Section of Epidemiology and public health, additional testing of all inmates and staff will begin Saturday night with results expected back by Monday evening. The entire facility will remain on quarantine status for at least 14 days with those individuals identified as positives being housed on isolation status in their housing unit.

“DOC has been proactive in preventing the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in our facilities even before the first positive case was identified in Alaska,” said Nancy Dahlstrom, Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. “While we never wanted this day to come, the outbreak at FCC is an eventuality the Department has prepared for. Our focus at this point is on protecting those at the facility who are most vulnerable and identifying any additional cases in the institution.”

FCC said they will continues to implement the DOC response plan and take swift action to protect the health and welfare of inmates and staff at the facility.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will become available in the coming days.

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