Luzerne County Correctional Facility: 5 Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

WILK NEWSROOM
October 08, 2020 - 3:15 pm
WILK News Room

Officials in Luzerne County say 5 employees at the County Prison have tested positive for  5 COVID-19.

Contact tracing has been completed and it was discovered that these individuals had prolonged contact with 10 other employees. These 10 employees are not showing any symptoms but have been instructed to quarantine and are being tested. LCCF staff is continuing to monitor the situation for potential other quarantine needs.

The work areas of all of these employees have been thoroughly cleaned. As of today no inmate cases have been reported.

There is no public admission into LCCF at this point and all nonessential groups have been cancelled. All contractors have been suspended from entering the facility as well. Attorneys may visit their clients through the glass partitioned visiting booths or if requested in visitation rooms with PPE for both the inmate and attorney.

 All transports from LCCF to the Court hearings have been suspended until Tuesday, October 13.

Luzerne County Manager David Pedri released the following statement on Thursday, October 8, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -  

It was confirmed today that the Luzerne County Correctional Facility has 5 COVID-19 positive employees.  

Contact tracing was completed and it was discovered that these individuals had prolonged contact with 10 other employees.  These 10 employees are not showing any symptoms but have been instructed to quarantine and are being tested.  LCCF staff is continuing to monitor the situation for potential other quarantine needs. 

The work areas of all of these employees have been thoroughly cleaned. As of today no inmate cases have been reported. 

There is no public admission into LCCF at this point and all nonessential groups have been cancelled. All contractors have been suspended from entering the facility as well.   Attorneys may visit their clients through the glass partitioned visiting booths or if requested in visitation rooms with PPE for both the inmate and attorney.

LCCF has strict guidelines to address COVID 19.  In light of these positive tests, LCCF administrative staff has begun reinforcing these guidelines along with following CDC recommendations as they have since the outbreak of the pandemic.   New inmate commitments are placed into a standard COVID-19 medical isolation status and have their medical status checked daily.  All transports from LCCF to the Court have been suspended until Tuesday, October 13. 

I will keep you informed of any updates.  I ask that you send your thoughts and prayers to our employees for a speedy recovery. 

Dave Pedri

C. David Pedri, Esq

Luzerne County Manager

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