Vermont prison worker tests positive for coronavirus; no inmate contact

Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 9:37 AM EDT
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The Vermont Department of Corrections says an employee at the Newport prison has tested positive for COVID-19.

The state says the worker did not have contact with inmates at the Northern State Correctional Facility and that no inmates have tested positive for the disease.

Prison staffers cleaned the area where the person worked and increased messaging to staff and inmates about handwashing and hygiene.

As of Monday, the Vermont Health Department was reporting a total of 75 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state and five deaths, four of which were related to a Burlington care facility.

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