3 weeks of lockdown at Newport prison, 16 new Covid cases reported

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NEWPORT — The Vermont DOC announced yesterday that 16 new cases of COVID-19 were detected at the Newport prison.

Thirteen of the cases were identified in the incarcerated population and three among staff in outbreak testing conducted on Monday.

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Since the outbreak began on November 10, 40 incarcerated individuals and 14 staff have tested positive.

A total of 25 of those 40 incarcerated individuals had been vaccinated, Rachel Feldman, Principal Assistant for the Vermont Department of Corrections, said.

There are now a total of 13 active incarcerated cases and six active staff cases at the prison, the DOC says.

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A total of 27 individuals and eight staff in Newport have been medically cleared of the virus.

The facility remains on full lockdown and contact tracing on the new positives is underway.

An active outbreak has also been declared at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury, where one staff and one incarcerated individual are currently COVID-positive.

Statewide, there are 14 positive incarcerated cases and 17 positive staff cases across six correctional facilities and three field offices.

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