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EAGLE PASS PRISON STAFF MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Source: The Idaho Statesman

The Idaho Department of Correction confirmed that a staff member at the Eagle Pass Correctional Facility tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility, in Eagle Pass, Texas, is a private prison that IDOC contracts with to house about 600 Idaho offenders due to crowding in the Idaho facilities.

Eagle Pass is medium-custody facility owned and operated by the GEO Group. IDOC spokesperson Jeff Ray said Tuesday that the staff member’s last day working at the facility was April 29.

“The three housing units where the employee had been working were placed on isolation status for two weeks beginning April 30,” Ray said in an email Tuesday. “That status is scheduled to end tomorrow. So far, none of the men in those housing units have exhibited symptoms.”

Additionally, on May 9, a man incarcerated in another housing unit at Eagle Pass was tested for COVID-19. Those test results are pending, Ray said.

None of the Idaho prisons have reported that offenders have tested positive, as of Tuesday.

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