Entire inmate population at SCI tested for COVID-19, one-third test positive
DOVER, Del. – Two weeks after a cluster of cases at the Sussex Correctional Institution, Department of Correction officials say all 973 inmates at the facility have been tested for COVID-19.
We’re told one third of the inmates (303) have tested positive, while the other two thirds (650) have tested negative. At this time, 20 test results remain pending.
In addition, 17 inmates at Morris Community Corrections Center (MCCC) in Dover have tested positive for COVID-19. We’re told the cluster at this facility began with the transfer of three SCI inmates after completing their Level V sentence and were transferred to complete their Level IV term.
Of the 320 inmates who have tested positive, 90% (288 inmates) are asymptomatic, while only 10% (32) are showing symptoms of the disease. We’re told four of those inmates are in area hospitals receiving treatment in stable condition, and none are on a ventilator.
Officials also say that 21 SCI officers have tested positive, and another 18 are in self-quarantine awaiting test results. The DOC offered voluntary testing for all SCI officers due to the high rate of community spread in Sussex County. Voluntary testing was also offered to officers at MCCC, with no officers testing positive from that facility.
With the exception of SCI and MCCC, there are no COVID-19 cases among inmates at the remaining seven Level IV and Level V facilities in Delaware.