SD Department of Health provides update on COVID-19 numbers in DOC facilities

The South Dakota Department of Health and Department of Corrections have provided an update on the number of inmates and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19.

PIERRE, S.D. — During the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Dakota Department of Health and the Department of Corrections are continuing to conduct mass testing in facilities and updates of the number of people who have tested positive for the virus.

In the Women’s facility in Pierre, the department of health reports that there are 10 remaining active cases of COVID-19 between inmates and staff members. A total of 249 inmates and staff members have recovered.

In September, there were three mass testing events that were held at the Women’s facility.

This week, mass testing was also conducted at the Mike Durfee State Prison (MDSP). In that mass testing event, 127 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 while 22 tested negative. The inmates who tested positive have been isolated.

During this time, all education, inmate training skills and work programs on the MDSP campus have been temporarily suspended. All inmate transfers to and from the facility have also been temporarily suspended at this time.

For further information and to see the current testing numbers, visit the Department of  Corrections website here.

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