Del. inmate COVID-19 cases down to four statewide

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DOVER, Del. – One month after a COVID-19 outbreak was identified at Sussex Correctional Institution, 98% of inmates who tested positive have recovered and normal operations are resuming.

Officials say as of today, only four inmates across Delaware’s correctional system have an active COVID-19 infection. The three inmates who remained at the SCI COVID-19 treatment Center have been transferred to the COVID-19 Treatment Center at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. One COVID-19 positive inmate remains hospitalized but is not on a ventilator.

We’re told the SCI building is now being thoroughly disinfected before it reopens as the prison’s residential substance abuse treatment housing unit. In-person drug treatment programming will resume at SCI next week.

The Department of Correction also announced on Wednesday that it began installing video tablets at SCI this week as part of its system-wide initiative to expand inmate video visitation and programming. Every inmate at SCI continues to receive two free 5-minute phone calls each week to keep in touch with family while in-person visitation is suspended.

Officials say they plan to resume in-person visitation at all DOC facilities on September 1st.

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