Dept. of Corrections to use rapid testing to test inmates at James T. Vaughn
DELAWARE – The Delaware Department of Corrections and the Division of Public Health are teaming up to make sure inmates are tested for covid-19.
The Department of Corrections announced the partnership on Tuesday, saying it will bring rapid testing to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.
Department of Corrections Commissioner Claire DeMatteis says the partnership is all about keeping inmates safe, and isolating them if they are sick in hopes of halting the spread of the virus.
“By using a rapid test, we get the answer within minutes, instead of one or two days, and that really helps isolate any inmates who have symptoms, or who may be silent carriers,” she said.
According to the Department of Corrections websites, a total of 67 inmates in Delaware have tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday afternoon. Two inmates have passed away after suffering complications of covid-19, and both had underlying conditions.
Jason Miller from the Department of Corrections tells us that if a male inmate tests positive, they are transferred to a covid unit at James T. Vaughn, where they are in single person cells.
Miller says to date, no female inmates have tested positive, but if they do, they’ll be in isolation at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle County.