Hilo jail ‘clear of active COVID-19 cases’

Hawaii Community Correctional Center has been declared “clear of active COVID-19 cases” following two staffers testing positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month.

The facility reported three negative inmate test results and four negative staff test results on Monday, according to the Department of Public Safety.

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Hawaii Community Correctional Center was placed in quarantine, per its pandemic protocol, on April 12 after the first employee, who had last worked at the Hilo jail on April 7, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The second employee who tested positive last worked at HCCC on April 8.

Those two employees have recovered and been medically cleared to return to work, the department said Monday in announcing the facility was clear of active cases.

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No inmates tested positive or reported symptoms. Fifty remained in quarantine as of Monday, according to the department.

As of the most recent population report issued April 5, Hawaii Community Correctional Center reported housing 298 inmates, which exceeds operational capacity by 72 persons.

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