New Jersey Prison Memo Details COVID-19 Outbreak Among Employees, First Prisoner Officially Infected

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TRENTON-As of today, the State of New Jersey, which has been releasing low-risk offenders lodged in the county jail systems, the state prison system has reported a COVID-19 outbreak, but it’s not the inmates getting sick, as far as we know.

“As of this evening, there are a total of 34 Department of Health confirmed employee COVID-19 cases at the New Jersey Department of Corrections,” said Commissioner Marcus Hicks.

The following prisons have been impacted by the outbreak:

Northern State Prison
Central Reception and Assignment Facility
The Adult Diagnostic Treatment Center
Garden State Youth Correctional Facility
Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility
Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women
East Jersey State Prison
New Jersey State Prison
Correctional State Training Academy
Custody Recruitment Unit

The document has not yet been released to the public and was given to Shore News Network anonymously after being emailed to NJ DOC staff members.

“Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the inmates, in the New Jersey State prisons, there is one confirmed case of an inmate residing in Fletcher House as part of a residential community release program, marking the first case in the NJDOC’s incarcerated population.

Hicks said those affected are following state Department of Health quarantine guidelines.  The employee claims state officials are not administering tests to sick inmates.