DPS confirms 1 worker, 61 inmates tested positive for coronavirus at Hawaii prison


HILO, Hawaii (KHON2) — The Department of Public Safety (DPS) confirms one worker and 61 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo.

After mass testing was done on 119 inmates, 58 were negative and 61 were positive.

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The department reports that brings the total positive inmate cases at the facility to 71.

Of the 49 staff tested, one result came back positive and 48 were negative. 

There is a quarantine for all inmate housing.

We are aware of the reported spike in positive COVID-19 cases at HCCC and are working with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Public Safety (PSD), Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH), and the County of Hawaiʻi Civil Defense Administration (Civil Defense) to safely address the issue and contain the spread. We applaud the quick response on behalf of the PSD and thank them for their excellent communication and swift action to address the issue. At this time, we would like to remind residents that the virus is still very much a threat and would like to encourage those in our community to get vaccinated to help keep each other safe. Together we can and will beat this virus and return to normalcy, but it will take all of us. Stay safe, remain cautious, and have a safe and responsible Memorial Day Weekend.

Mitch Roth  
County of Hawaiʻi Mayor


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