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Coronavirus reported at High Desert State Prison in Nevada

Posted: 4:18 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 19:27:28-04
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NEVADA (KTNV) — The Nevada Department of Corrections confirms its first case of COVID-19 after an employee tested positive at the High Desert State Prison.

The facility said it has implemented procedures consistent with national and state health and human services guidelines to help contain the virus at the prison.

The procedures include:

-The employee self-quarantining at home.
-HDSP inmates being isolated in their cells.
-NDOC medical staff will continue observing inmates and staff for signs of the virus, which include coughing, fever, and shortness of breath.
-Surface Sanitation Teams, using a 10% bleach concentration solution will continue to thoroughly clean surfaces at all facilities.

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“Our top priority is the health of staff and inmates at our facilities,” said Charles Daniels, NDOC director. “Our preparation and response are deliberate and under agency contingency plans and protocols. Now that we have a confirmed case, our next goal is mitigating and ultimately preventing the sustained spread of COVID-19.”

The department said it would continue to closely monitor the situation at the prison and all other NDOC facilities as it continues to work closely with local and state public health officials to ensure the health and safety of staff and inmates.