Deerfield Correctional Unit reports spike in COVID-19 cases in single housing unit

Posted at 6:00 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 18:00:39-04

SOUTHAMPTON Co., Va. - Deerfield Correctional Center has reported a spike in new COVID-19 cases in one housing unit.

Jail officials say the Virginia Department of Corrections testing one housing unit on Monday that resulted in 56 active cases.

According to the VADOC website, currently 79 offenders on-site and 9 staff members have tested positive for the virus.

As of October 12, there have been a total of 825 inmates that have tested positive for COVID-19 with 19 deaths. This includes ones onsite, at the hospital, deaths, releases, recovered, transfers in and transfers out.

Offenders that tests positive are placed in medical isolation so they do not effect other. Treatment is followed by the department's COVID-19 guidelines.

Reports say Deerfield Correctional Center is home to Virginia’s largest cohort of geriatric male inmates, many of whom have serious health conditions and reside in assisted living or nursing home environments.

Related: Two more inmates positive for COVID-19 die at Deerfield Correctional Center