DOC completes tests, remains COVID-free

DOC Adult Correctional Facility Mangilao (PNC file photo)

For the last several weeks, the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) have worked together to test approximately six hundred fourteen (614) inmates and detainees for COVID-19 at the Adult Correctional Facility (ACF), Women’s Facility (WF), Community Correctional Center (CCC) and the Hagatna Detention Facility (HDF).

On Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, DPHSS tested the remaining one hundred twenty-eight (128)
inmates housed in ACF. All test results came back negative and DOC remains COVID-19 free.

The Director, Deputy Director, along with DOC’s management team want to thank DPHSS staff for assisting DOC with the testing and all DOC personnel for their diligence in continuing to ensure DOC remains COVID-19 free.

“Across the nation, congregate areas like prisons are experiencing issues with COVID-19
transmission. At DOC, we continue to adhere to strict protocols for staff reporting for duty as well as aggressive contact tracing, when needed. Through this mass testing, we have confirmed that we have been able to prevent infection among our inmate and detainee population—a testament to DOC and the DPHSS’ commitment to protecting this highly vulnerable population,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

“We applaud DOC leadership, Director Joe Carbullido and Deputy Director Robert Camacho, for their work to protect the health of our inmates and detainees as well as balance the protection and safety of our public. Our Administration will continue to support DOC, and all public safety officers, by ensuring adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizers, and other resources to fulfill their mission,” said Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio.

(DOC News release)