HCCC reports 10 more COVID-19 cases

Hawaii Community Correctional Center reported 10 new COVID-19 cases at the facility on Monday.

The Department of Public Safety said it received 28 inmate test results Monday with eight positive results, bringing the total number inmates infected during the current outbreak to 236. One result was inconclusive. Two staff also received positive test results Monday, bringing the number of employees who’ve come down with COVID-19 at 19.

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In all, 255 cases have cropped up at the facility since May 24, according to the department.

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.

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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. On Friday, the department said it transferred 28 inmates to facilities on Oahu to “help alleviate some overcrowding” at the jail.

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