On Friday, the Department of Corrections announced that Carson City’s Warm Springs Correction Center is currently locked out of 93 cases of COVID-19 prisoners, as well as seven cases of COVID-19 staff members.
According to a press release, Warm Springs is in a locked position with meals delivered to each unit. Sanitation measures are being strengthened throughout the facility every day.
According to the press release, Warm Springs employees were required to wear N95 masks and full gowns when entering the units.
In early September, Warm Springs made headlines regarding COVID-19 after some inmates accused a prison intern, who later turned positive for COVID-19, patted prisoners and perform cytological tests without wearing a mask or gloves. Two units were locked in late August.
According to Deputy Director Bill Quenga, the August incidents and the current cases are not interrelated and occur in different units.
According to the NDOC, two staff members at other NDOC facilities have also tested positive for the virus through the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.
All Nevada Reform Department employees are tested for COVID-19 every two weeks, and offenders are tested every three weeks, the release said. More frequent tests are done as needed.
All employees are required to wear masks at all times and follow appropriate PPE procedures. All staff are checked for symptoms and temperature measured prior to entering any facility.
According to the NDOC, WSCC staff members are required to wear an N95 mask and full gown when entering the units.
“We will manage the outbreak because we have a first-class outbreak response plan and talented professionals are committed to implementing the plan,” said Charles Daniels, Nevada Regulatory Authority Director. “I believe our protocols will minimize the spread of the virus not only in Warm Springs but also in the rest of the agency.”
The department has rolled out the test across the facility, and the remainder of the WSCC is 525 offenders and all staff will be tested on Friday and Saturday.
The NDOC will continue to monitor the situation at all facilities.