Inmate, corrections officer at OCCC test positive for COVID-19, state says
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Inmate, corrections officer at OCCC test positive for COVID-19, state says

By HNN Staff | August 7, 2020 at 2:56 PM HST – Updated August 7 at 6:18 PM

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – A newly-admitted inmate and an Adult Corrections Officer at the Oahu Community Correctional Center have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

The state Department of Public Safety says the inmate was brought to OCCC on Monday and placed in a mandatory, 14-day intake quarantine.

The inmate was tested Tuesday after the department learned of a possible exposure.

“The facility acted quickly to implement the department’s COVID-19 pandemic protocol for correctional facilities, in an effort to mitigate any potential spread of the virus,” Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda said, in a news release.

And with the newly-announced case involving the correctional officer, the agency now says that at least four adult correctional officers have tested positive for the virus in recent days. These cases are unrelated to the inmate.

One of the other officers who tested positive works at Halawa Correctional Facility, and two are at Waiawa Correctional Facility.

This story will be updated.

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