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More positive COVID cases prompt lockdown at Newport prison

Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 8:41 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2021 at 6:32 AM EST
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NEWPORT, Vt. (WCAX) - More than a dozen positive COVID cases at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport prompted another lockdown Wednesday.

The Vermont Department of Corrections is reporting 14 new cases from testing conducted on Nov. 15. One staff member and 13 inmates tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number to 18 inmates and 7 staffers.

The prison is in full lockdown and contact tracing is underway.

In the outbreak at the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury, 19 inmates and 4 staff members have been medically cleared, leaving one inmate and two staffers remaining with the virus.

There are currently 20 inmates and 12 staffers with COVID across all four prisons.

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