Over 50 positive COVID-19 cases at Fairbanks Correctional Center

Published: Oct. 17, 2020 at 5:49 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Department of Corrections has updated the number of positive cases of COVID-19 at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

DOC says as of Monday, it has identified a total of 52 people at FCC who have tested positive for COVID-19.

During this time, the entire facility will remain on quarantine status for at least 14 days. The people that tested positive will be housed on “isolation status” in their housing unit.

This is an increase of close to 20 from the reported 33 positive cases FCC reported over the weekend.

The initial cases Saturday were 32 men and one woman.

“DOC has been proactive in preventing the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in our facilities even before the first positive case was identified in Alaska,” said Nancy Dahlstrom, commissioner of the Department of Corrections. “While we never wanted this day to come, the outbreak at FCC is an eventuality the Department has prepared for. Our focus at this point is on protecting those at the facility who are most vulnerable and identifying any additional cases in the institution.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a recent number of positive cases.

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