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Deerfield Correctional Center reports 407 COVID-19 cases, 6 inmate deaths

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 13:00:38-04

SOUTHAMPTON Co., Va. - Deerfield Correctional Center in Capron, Virginia reported that 407 of its inmates have contracted COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Additionally, according to the Virginia Department of Corrections, six inmates have died at Deerfield, the most at any DOC facility. Two of those inmates, both of whom were hospitalized, died Saturday.

Deerfield’s average daily population is about 925 offenders.

COVID-19 testing is ongoing throughout DOC facilities. According to the DOC, Deerfield tested the entire offender population recently, and many offenders have been re-tested.

All Virginia DOC facilities are following the DOC’s pandemic sanitation plan, and offenders and staff are required to wear appropriate PPE at all times, including medical-grade PPE, such as N95 masks, when appropriate.

The Department continues to plan for every possible contingency, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for corrections.