RI Dept. of Corrections halts activities at their training academy due to COVID-19 outbreak
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) said Wednesday that they’ve halted activities at their training academy due to a COVID-19 outbreak among staff and candidates.
RIDOC said during their routine testing a total of 12 people (2 staff and 10 candidates) tested positive for COVID-19.
Based on advice from their medical director, RIDOC’s Training Academy advised candidates and staff to quarantine for two weeks.
RIDOC says they will reassess when classes can continue after that time.
The department says they are working closely with RIDOH to make sure all safety measures are being taken to keep everyone safe.
“This scenario is a perfect reminder of how easily this virus can spread even when following thorough health safety protocols, rigorously screening staff, and extensive cleaning throughout the day,” RIDOC said on Facebook.
To date, RIDOC has reported no deaths from COVID-19 among its staff and inmates.
A total of 23 inmates have tested positive but all have since recovered. There is now a total of 23 staff members who have tested positive, 21 have recovered, leaving two remaining active cases, according to RIDOC.