Department of Corrections reports additional positive COVID-19 cases at GCCC

Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 7:06 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Department of Corrections is now reporting an active COVID-19 case count of 480 at the Goose Creek Correctional Center following facility-wide testing late last month.

DOC said on Tuesday that starting Nov. 25 about 1,300 inmates were offered a COVID-19 test. When the results came back, additional cases were discovered. DOC says currently 193 inmates are considered recovered and 120 results are pending.

“During an outbreak, facility-wide testing is used to find individuals who are contagious though they may not have reported symptoms,” said Dr. Robert Lawrence, Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Corrections. “Like testing everyone in a small town or neighborhood, testing sweeps of a correctional facility give us a picture of spread that has already occurred in the facility. This allows us to target isolation and quarantine strategies to particular areas in the facility in order to flatten the curve of the spread.”

As for inmates who tested negative, DOC says they will be retested every three days until there are no positive results in housing units for two weeks.

Alaska’s News Source first reported on the outbreak of COVID-19 at GCCC on Nov. 2, at that time the case count was 204. Additionally, DOC says the first case of COVID-19 was identified on Oct. 28.

The news of the additional cases Tuesday came on the same day a second inmate at GCCC was reported to have died from COVID-19.

DOC says all movement in and out of Goose Creek has been suspended.

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