HCCC reports 2 dozen more COVID-19 cases among inmates

Another two dozen inmates at Hawaii Community Correctional Center have tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Public Safety reported Friday.

The department said it received 47 inmate test results Friday with 24 positive results, bringing the total number inmates infected during the current outbreak to 228. No staff received positive test results Friday leaving the number of employees who’ve come down with COVID-19 at 17. In all, 245 cases have cropped up at the facility since May 24.

To date, 124 inmates and 13 staff have recovered. One inmate who tested positive was released May 26 after serving their full term and has since recovered.

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 June 7, housed 344 inmates, which exceeded operational capacity by 118 persons.

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