State correctional centers COVID clear

LIHU‘E — On Tuesday, the state Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement, Administrative and Corrections Divisions (including prisons/jails) became clear of all active COVID-19 cases.

“I want to thank all of our hard-working and dedicated staff for helping the Department achieve this status,” PSD Director Max Otani said in a release. “We know that the virus can enter our facilities from the community at any time, but our staff know what to do to isolate and cohort new intakes to keep everyone safe. Thank you to all of our employees, from admin and program staff to the law enforcement, health care and correctional staff, who work around the clock to provide safety and care to those in custody.”

In September, the Kaua’i Community Correctional Center has been cleared of a month-long cluster that resulted in a total of 91 inmates testing positive.

The outbreak at the correctional center began on Aug. 10, when 31 positive cases were reported. During the five following weeks, an additional 60 cases were reported at KCCC. All have since recovered, including seven staff members.

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