UPDATE (FOX5) -- The Nevada Department of Corrections said 69 of 99 Nevadans being held at a privately-run correctional facility in Arizona have tested positive for COVID-19.
NDOC said the inmates are being held at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona. Saguaro is run by CoreCivic, a for-profit correctional system.
“CoreCivic is working with NDOC medical and programming staff to monitor, assess, and treat Nevada offenders in their custody,” said Charles Daniels, NDOC Director, in a written statement on Saturday. “Their plans now align with our security and medical-related protocols and procedures.”
NDOC said it provided test kits to staff of the Arizona prison who tested Nevada offenders on July 8. Results came back on July 14 and 15. Dr. Michael Minev, NDOC’s Medical Director, said at the time of testing none of the inmates had symptoms of the virus.
Dr. Minev said none of those who were positive have required hospitalization. The inmates are housed in the same unit, he said, in separate cells than those who tested negative.
Dr. Minev said they will remain under medical observation "twice-daily."
NDOC said all inmates will be tested every 21 days until all test negative. The next test is expected on July 28.
NDOC said overall, 12,368 inmates, or 99.9% of the system's total population, has been tested, with 18 of 0.145% testing positive.
NDOC's contract with CoreCivic ends June 30, 2021.
HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of Hawaii inmates housed at a private prison in southern Arizona are being monitored for COVID-19 symptoms, including some who had contact with inmates from Nevada who already tested positive.
The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said 45 Hawaii inmates in the same unit at the Saguaro Correctional Center are in quarantine and being monitored for symptoms, while the 28 Hawaii inmates who had contact with Nevada inmates will be quarantined for 14 days, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Another five Hawaii inmates were being held in the medical unit for issues unrelated to COVID-19, department officials said.
Hawaii prisoners occupied more than 1,100 of the facility’s 1,926 beds as of Friday, officials said. Nevada inmates occupied an additional 99 beds.
CoreCivic, which runs the correctional center, did not immediately respond to calls by The Associated Press on Saturday.
“There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among any Hawaii inmates housed at the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona. Saguaro’s parent company, CoreCivic, confirms that 69 offenders from Nevada, housed in a separate part of the facility, tested positive for COVID-19,” Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz said.
She added: “As a precautionary measure, the 28 Hawaii inmates were relocated to vacant housing and will be monitored for symptoms for 14 days, to include daily temperature checks.”
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
Corrections Corporation of America contracts with the Hawaii Department of Public Safety to house adult, male inmates from Hawaii to ease prison overcrowding on the islands.
Saguaro Correctional Center is located in Eloy, Arizona, about 65 miles southeast of Phoenix.