The COVID-19 outbreak is growing at the Larch Corrections Center
The COVID-19 outbreak is growing at the Larch Corrections Center

The COVID-19 outbreak is growing at the Larch Corrections Center

YACOLT – The number of active COVID-19 cases jumped to 41 among inmates at the Larch Corrections Center, an increase of nearly 193 percent since Friday, according to a Monday bulletin from the Washington Department of Corrections.

The minimum security prison near Yacolt was placed on facility-wide outbreak status on Feb. 7 after four inmates in the residential unit tested positive. Imprisoned people who test positive are temporarily being moved to the Elkhorn unit to help stop the spread of the virus, according to the department.

Active cases among staff fell from seven to six between Friday and Monday, the DOC bulletin shows.

To date, 322 inmates and 65 employees have tested positive, according to the DOC. Most of these cases came during an outbreak in late 2020, with more than 90 percent of the inmate population testing positive.

In December, the latest data available online, Larch’s average daily population was 222, with a capacity of 240.


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