87 Waiawa Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19 In Second Prison Outbreak

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In a second outbreak at a state prison, 87 inmates at the Waiawa Correctional Facility have tested positive and 70 tested negative, according to state Department of Public Safety yesterday.

The latest testing numbers bring the total positive cases at the facility to 95. Eight cases were previously disclosed.

Inmates who test positive are in medical isolation, the department said in a news update. The remaining inmates have been placed in quarantine.

The state Department of Health is contact tracing, staff are using full personal protective equipment and all inmate movements have been halted to prevent transmission at Waiawa and with other facilities.

Surge testing continues at the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, where 1,079 Hawaii inmates are imprisoned. One Hawaii inmate died on Tuesday from COVID-19 and 531 have tested positive, 7 of whom are active. 

All inmates who tested negative are in quarantine as a precaution. DPS has set up an information hotline at 808-587-1421.

Testing continues as well at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, where a major outbreak occurred in the summer. As of yesterday, 410 inmates who tested positive have recovered and 7 remain active. Among the OCCC staff, 93 tested positive and recovered and 9 remain active cases.