New round of COVID testing at South Burlington prison

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Vermont Department of Corrections will start a new round of mass COVID-19 testing on Thursday at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington.

It comes after officials say one of 84 staff members tested positive for the virus this week. The remaining staff and inmates will be tested on Thursday.

The tests are part of the department's plan to test all staff and inmates at Vermont prisons.

“Our newest procedures are designed to prioritize the safety of staff, inmates and the community all at the same time,” DOC Interim Commissioner Jim Baker said in a statement. “We begin by testing staff who volunteer. One positive staff tests triggers testing of the entire staff and inmate population.”