St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake reports 263 coronavirus cases, 260 affecting current inmates

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 15:59:26-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake reported an outbreak of 263 coronavirus cases, 260 of which are affecting on-site inmates.

According to the Virginia Department of Corrections, 15 staff members at the correctional center have also tested positive for coronavirus.

The average daily population at St. Brides is 1,138, according to staff at the correctional center.

Offenders testing positive are placed in medical isolation so they don't infect others. Treatment follows the department's COVID medical guidelines, and offenders are hospitalized if they require an inpatient level of care.

The VADOC said Tuesday that 368 inmates have been released from prisons across the state due to coronavirus. One hundred and eighty-nine state-responsible inmates have been released from local jails under the Early Release Plan.

Criteria for early release includes the inmate's medical condition, offense history, good time earning level and recidivism risk. To learn more about early release during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

All offenders being released from the VADOC facilities as they finish their sentences are now screened for COVID-19 on the day of their release.

Click here for full coronavirus coverage.