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218 inmates positive for COVID-19 at prison near Vancouver

January 6, 2021 GMT

YACOLT, Wash. (AP) — State officials say more than 200 inmates at Larch Corrections Center northeast of Vancouver, Washington have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Washington State Department of Corrections in a bulletin released Thursday said Larch Correction Center had six incarcerated individuals that tested positive for COVID-19. In the bulletin released Monday, the prison reported 218 inmates had tested positive, KING-TV reported.

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The prison, located in Yacolt, Washington, has a capacity of 480 inmates.

State officials said all inmates who tested positive are being housed together to reduce the spread of the virus, which is standard protocol.

“As we move forward in the coming weeks, you can expect to see cohorting in the dayrooms and shower/bathroom areas, serial testing of our incarcerated population, and an increased awareness to Personal Protective Equipment protocols, cleaning, sanitizing, and social distancing,” WSDOC Superintendent James C. Miller Jr. wrote in a Dec. 30, 2020 memo addressing the outbreak at Larch Correction Center.