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Wisconsin sees another COVID-19 outbreak in prison system
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Wisconsin sees another COVID-19 outbreak in prison system

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Racine Correctional Institution

Racine Correctional Institution

Another Wisconsin prison has a COVID-19 outbreak of more than 100 cases, the state Department of Corrections reported Monday.

Racine Correctional Institution/Sturtevant Transitional Facility had 127 active COVID-19 cases among prisoners as of Monday, according to DOC’s data dashboard.

The outbreak comes as Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution and Oshkosh Correctional Institution are still in the midst of two large outbreaks. As of Monday, Kettle Moraine had 412 active cases among inmates and Oshkosh had 346.

Sturtevant is a small unit of Racine Correctional and is located adjacent to the larger prison. As of Friday, Sturtevant had a population of just 101 prisoners, while Racine had a population of 1,595 prisoners. On DOC’s data dashboard, the facilities are counted as one prison.

On Sunday, the prison had only seven active cases among inmates after most recovered from an outbreak last month that peaked on Sept. 8 at 68 active cases. DOC reported the new surge on Monday.

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At the end of September, the prison had seen a total of 116 positive cases since the start of the pandemic. By Monday, that figure had risen to a total of 246.

Of the positive cases so far, 118 are considered “inactive,” meaning the inmate is no longer testing positive for COVID-19.

Among staff, 32 DOC employees at Racine Correctional have self-reported testing positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Sturtevant was not reported as having positive cases among staff. DOC’s policy is for infected prisoners to be isolated and medically cared for, and exposed inmates to be quarantined. Infected staff are directed to stay home and self-quarantine.

Across all adult institutions, DOC reported 1,104 active COVID-19 cases among inmates and 124 active cases among staff, as of Monday.

Other prisons with active COVID-19 cases among prisoners Monday included: Columbia Correctional Institution with 63 cases, Dodge Correctional Institution with 63, Gordon Correctional Center with 42, Redgranite Correctional Institution with 15 and Waupun Correctional Institution with 15.

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