07 Jan Visiting temporarily suspended at all facilities starting Jan. 7
Posted at 17:34h in News Archives
In the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases in Utah, in-person visiting has been suspended at both the Utah State Prison and Central Utah Correctional Facility.
Officials with the Utah Department of Corrections do not anticipate that this will be a long-term suspension.
If you have scheduled a visiting appointment, please do not show up. Our visiting team is attempting to make contact with those who have scheduled an appointment.
As positive test results in the community have skyrocketed recently, so too have the number of cases increased among inmates and UDC staff members. Despite adhering to COVID-19 protocols based on CDC recommendations and in coordination with state and local health officials, COVID-19 is pervasive and still manages to find its way into UDC facilities. Several housing units at both facilities are currently on quarantine status.
The latest strain — Omicron — is considered more contagious than prior strains. As prisons are considered a congregate living environment this oftentimes requires lengthier isolation and quarantine protocols then what is standardly seen in the community for both staff and the incarcerated.
Please note that these measures are put in place with careful consideration and in close collaboration with state and local health officials.
The Department will continue to provide regular updates on its website and on social media.