Va. correctional center reports 17 deaths, more than 700 COVID-19 cases

Va. correctional center reports 17 deaths, more than 700 COVID-19 cases
A picture of the assisted living ward at Deerfield Correctional Center that the Virginia Department of Corrections shared with lawmakers in 2019. The prison, which houses some of the state's most medically fragile inmates, has seen a major COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: Virginia Department of Corrections)

CAPRON, Va. (WWBT) - Deerfield Correctional Center is reporting 17 deaths and more than 700 cases of COVID-19.

Deerfield is home to the state’s largest cohort of geriatric male inmates, several of which have serious health conditions and live in an assisted living or nursing home environment.

More inmates at the center have died of COVID-19 than any other correctional facility in the state.

As of Sept. 29, there have been a total of 723 positive cases. Currently, there are 265 positive cases on-site, 14 people are hospitalized and 17 inmates have died.

All Virginia correctional facilities are following the department’s pandemic sanitation plan, and offenders and staff are required to wear personal protective equipment at all times, including medical-grade N95 masks when appropriate.

Deerfield Correctional Center is located in Capron and has an average daily population of about 925 people. For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia correctional facilities, visit this link.

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