COVID-19 finds way into Ogdensburg & Cape Vincent prisons

COVID-19 finds way into Ogdensburg & Cape Vincent prisons
Each of the north country’s five prisons have at least one inmate who has tested positive for COVID-19. (Source: wwny)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Each of the north country’s five prisons have at least one inmate who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Cape Vincent and Ogdensburg correctional facilities each have one, their first since the pandemic began.

Results are still pending for 20 COVID-19 tests at Cape Vincent and 17 in Ogdensburg.

Based on recent figures from the state Department of Corrections and Community Services (DOCCS), Gouverneur prison has had 58 positive cases among inmates, two of them have recovered and 33 tests are pending.

Watertown has head 13 cases and Riverview in Ogdensburg has had 25. Results are pending for 27 tests in Watertown and 39 at Riverview.

Statewide, 3,337 inmates have tested positive, with 2,524 of them recovered and out of isolation. Twenty-four inmates have died.

No deaths have been reported at north country prisons.

There have been 3,242 positive cases and six deaths among DOCCS staff.

Criminal justice reform groups have repeatedly called on the state to change the way it handles COVID-19 spread among prison populations.

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