VADOC reports 4 COVID-19 offender deaths at Augusta Correctional Center

Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 5:24 PM EST
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) UPDATE — On Wednesday the Virginia Department of Corrections reported there are 111 active cases of COVID-19 at the Augusta Correctional Center.

A representative for the Virginia DOC said that, “On the VADOC website, the numbers under Offenders On-site and Offenders In-Hospital represent inmates with confirmed active cases of COVID-19, not a totality of any group of individuals testing positive for COVID-19,” they wrote. “When an inmate meets the criteria for release from medical isolation, the inmate is no longer considered an active case.”

One woman said though she wished they [Augusta Correctional Center] did a better job isolating and quarantining, she believes they are doing the best they can.

“They’re short-staffed, they have never had to deal with anything like this. They have had to learn protocol and what needs to be done along the way,” she explained.

Some family members are still concerned about the well-being of their loved ones within the facility.

“While we are fighting the battle to get him home sooner, I don’t want him to die from this pandemic,” said one woman.

“Everybody’s made mistakes. Some got away with it and some haven’t but they weren’t sentenced to be treated like a dog or to death,” said another.

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, the Virginia Department of Corrections’ (VADOC) COVID-19 data dashboard reports four offenders at Augusta Correctional Center who tested positive for the coronavirus have died.

VADOC also reports the facility is currently housing 112 offenders on-site who have tested positive for COVID-19. Nine offenders who have tested positive for the virus are currently being held in hospitals.

In total, VADOC reports 446 total offenders have tested positive for COVID-19. VADOC says this number includes positive offenders who are onsite and in the hospital, as well as those who have been released or transferred in or out of the facility. Offender deaths and recovered cases are also included in this total.

The dashboard also reports 58 active staff cases at the facility, including employees and contractors.

On December 23, VADOC reported Augusta Correctional Center housed 371 offenders on-site who had tested positive for COVID-19. Six offenders were in hospitals at the time due to the virus, and one offender who tested positive had died. On the same date, 69 active staff cases were reported.

To view the VADOC’s COVID-19 data dashboard, click here. The dashboard is updated daily at 5 p.m.

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