The state Department of Public Safety was notified that a newly admitted inmate at Hawaii Community Correctional Center came in contact with someone prior to entry who was positive for COVID-19.
The presumptive positive inmate was medically isolated and tested. DPS is awaiting the results of testing.
The state Department of Health is aware of the presumptive positive inmate and is conducting contact tracing. Public Safety staff were notified and encouraged to contact their health care providers if they have questions about possible exposure.
The DPS Health Care Division is working with the DOH to conduct mass testing for COVID-19 at all correctional facilities statewide.
All Waiawa Correctional Facility inmates tested were negative. One employee tested positive. DOH is conducting contact tracing and the employee was instructed to self-isolate. All other employees tested were negative.
The order of the facilities next in line for testing is still being worked out. DPS is also working with DOH and the Hawaii National Guard to coordinate the testing of correctional officers and staff.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald