Another HCCC staffer tests positive for COVID-19

The state Department of Public Safety reported one new COVID-19 case related to Hawaii Community Correctional Center on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases associated with the facility to 152 since May 24.

The positive test result among a staffer brings the total number of cases among staff to 15. Three staffers have since been cleared to return to work.

To date, 137 inmates have tested positive with one inmate no longer housed at the facility after completing their sentence.

Two positive cases were first reported at the Hilo jail on May 24 prompting the facility to implement its pandemic protocol status, which calls for a facility-wide quarantine of all inmate housing and suspending inmate movement going out of the facility.

Hawaii Community Correctional Center, as of its last population report issued May 31, housed 348 inmates, which exceeded operational capacity by 122 persons.