Two behavioral healthcare workers test positive for COVID-19


DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Department of Correction says that two contract behavioral healthcare workers in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus.

We’re told that one is assigned to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center and has not been at the facility since Thursday, March 26th. The behavioral healthcare worker sought medical attention for flu-like symptoms on Wednesday, April 1st, at which point a coronavirus test was administered. The test came back positive on Sunday.

The second worker is assigned to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution and was last at the facility on Wednesday, April 1st. The worker reportedly began experiencing flu-like symptoms and sought medical attention the same day. The worker was given a coronavirus test and told to self-isolate at home. The test came back positive on Sunday.

Officers and healthcare workers who worked in close contact with these workers are being given guidance on self-isolation. The DOC is utilizing specialized cleaning equipment to decontaminate areas in both facilities, and closely monitoring all officers, other employees, and inmates at both facilities for any symptoms. Any individual who shows signs of illness will immediately be isolated, assessed, and treated.

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