COVID infects 7 inmates at Coffee Creek intake facility
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility's Intake Center, where male adults in custody (AICs) who are headed to other institutions across the state are processed and assessed, has experienced seven positive cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks.
Mackenzie Kath, Coffee Creek's public information officer, said three males tested positive Nov. 4 and more have tested positive since. When a male AIC at the intake center tests positive, they are housed in the "O" unit and monitored by a health care provider before they're determined to be recovered.
Everyone who enters the intake facility is housed with the same unit for 14 days and has the option of receiving a test on the tenth day, Kath explained. Kath said 75% to 95% of intake center AICs have consented to being tested since Nov. 4.
"People are willing to be tested, which is appreciated, and thankfully most of them come back negative," she said.
Kath added that use of recreational facilities is limited and sanitation is increased once an AIC tests positive.
Along with the intake facility, Coffee Creek houses all incarcerated women in the state at medium and minimum-security facilities. There were 12 reported instances of COVID-19 at these facilities in September but none recently. In a separate unit, the prison also has housed male AICs from across the state who tested positive for COVID-19. There is no contact between the male AICs at the intake facility and female AICs, Kath said.
"I think our health services staff has done an amazing job. We've recovered over 500 males that have originated at other institutions with no staff transference," Kath said. "We've been able to keep it under control pretty well with a couple positive (cases) but through sanitation and remaining diligent with masks and doing what we can, I think it's really amazing. They've been doing a really great job."
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