The Delaware Department of Correction has reported 122 cases of coronavirus in the Sussex Correctional Institution. Most have no symptoms, but can spread the infection.
As of July 8,122 inmates have active COVID-19 infection, including 95who are asymptomatic of illness and 27 who are symptomatic.
The Georgetown prison escaped the first outbreak in Sussex County, which involved the poultry worker community and their families in an area from Milford to Millsboro.
The Washington Post reported 17 deaths from the early outbreak in the poultry industry which spans the Delmarva Peninsula and includes portions of Maryland and Virginia in addition to Delaware.
The latest outbreak in Sussex was first tied to the nearby beach area following senior week activities. Cases were also reported among lifeguards and restaurant workers.
A total of 119 are from Sussex Correctional Institution and three are from Morris Community Corrections Center (MCCC) in Dover.
Preliminary indications suggest the Morris inmates who tested positive this week can be traced to inmates who had recently arrived from Sussex Correctional and tested positive for COVID-19 while being quarantined during intake.
Seven COVID-positive inmates have been transferred to the COVID-19 Treatment Center at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, 1 is being treated in Vaughn infirmary, and 3 are being treated in stable condition in area hospitals.
A total of 48 Sussex inmates who most recentlytested positive are being held in isolation and will be moved to the SCI COVID-19 Treatment Center this week.
The Delaware Department of Correctioncontinues to aggressivelytest, trace, clean and treatto combat inmate COVID-19 cases at Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI) in Georgetown.
Last weektheDOC announced that after six weeks with no inmates testing positive for COVID-19 in any of the state’s correctional facilities, acluster of inmatecases was identified atSCI, the first inmate casesat that facility during theCOVID-19 pandemic.
“Every inmate at SCI is being tested as part of our comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation efforts at that facility, and because the illness is present in several housing units we know that the number of positive test results will grow,” CorrectionCommissioner Claire DeMatteis said.“Three-quarters of theCOVID-positive inmates have no symptoms of illness, and thanks to ourproactive testing we are identifying these inmates early. We are prepared to isolate and treat every COVID-positive inmate, in collaboration with our correctional healthcare provider. We are activating a COVID-19 Treatment Center at SCI this week and are continuing to work aggressively to contain and eradicate the illness at that facility.”
Last week, after three inmates at SCI showed symptoms of COVID-19 infection and tested positive for the illness, theDOC immediately initiated contact tracing toidentify, isolate and proactivelytest individuals who came into sustained contact with these inmates. After new inmate test results were received, additionalmitigation measures wereimplementedon top of DOC’sexisting COVID protocols.
Sussex is not not accepting any new commits on a temporary basis.