Middleton House of Correction reports more coronavirus cases in cluster – WCVB Boston

A Massachusetts jail has seen an increase in coronavirus cases associated with its COVID-19 cluster.The Middleton House of Correction has 25 positive COVID-19 cases among its inmates as of Saturday, along with 21 cases among employees and two among contractors, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.On Wednesday, the town of Middleton reported that there were 17 active cases at the jail.The sheriff’s department, along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is currently testing all inmates and staff in an effort to control the outbreak.“Like with so many other areas across the state, we are seeing a surge in this highly-contagious illness and this is despite having the most rigorous of health and safety protocols in place,” Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger said in a statement. “We continue to work around the clock to fight back against this virus and to ensure the health and safety of all who live and work at our Middleton facility.” As a result of the recent uptick in cases, the Middleton House of Correction is closed to the general public, and movement within the facility has been minimized to lessen the risk of further spread.The Essex County Sheriff’s Department reports that there have been no positive COVID-19 cases at its other housing facilities, the Essex Pre-Release Center in Lawrence and the Women in Transition Program in Salisbury.Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the sheriff’s department has implemented a number of measures to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 inside the jails, such as 24-hour cleaning and sanitizing of the facility, mandatory masks and strict social distancing.

A Massachusetts jail has seen an increase in coronavirus cases associated with its COVID-19 cluster.

The Middleton House of Correction has 25 positive COVID-19 cases among its inmates as of Saturday, along with 21 cases among employees and two among contractors, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

On Wednesday, the town of Middleton reported that there were 17 active cases at the jail.

The sheriff’s department, along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is currently testing all inmates and staff in an effort to control the outbreak.

“Like with so many other areas across the state, we are seeing a surge in this highly-contagious illness and this is despite having the most rigorous of health and safety protocols in place,” Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger said in a statement. “We continue to work around the clock to fight back against this virus and to ensure the health and safety of all who live and work at our Middleton facility.”

As a result of the recent uptick in cases, the Middleton House of Correction is closed to the general public, and movement within the facility has been minimized to lessen the risk of further spread.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department reports that there have been no positive COVID-19 cases at its other housing facilities, the Essex Pre-Release Center in Lawrence and the Women in Transition Program in Salisbury.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the sheriff’s department has implemented a number of measures to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 inside the jails, such as 24-hour cleaning and sanitizing of the facility, mandatory masks and strict social distancing.