The COVID-19 outbreak is growing in the prison in southwest Washington
The COVID-19 outbreak is growing in the prison in southwest Washington

The COVID-19 outbreak is growing in the prison in southwest Washington

An aerial photo of the Larch Corrections Center in southwest Washington

Washington Department of Corrections

The incidence of a COVID-19 outbreak in a minimum security prison in southwest Washington has increased.

A bulletin from the Washington Department of Corrections reported Monday that the number of active COVID-19 cases jumped to 41 among inmates at the Larch Corrections Center, an increase of nearly 193% since Friday, The Columbian reported.

The prison near Yacolt was put on outbreak status for the entire institution on Feb. 7 after four inmates in the residential unit tested positive.

Detainees testing positive are being temporarily relocated to another unit to help stop the spread of the virus, officials said.

Correctional officials also said six employees are included in the total outbreak.

Since the pandemic began, 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% 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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