Page updated 01/11/2021
Visit coronavirus.utah.gov for statewide information.
See updates below in the "Latest Update" section for more information regarding outbreaks at the Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.
Please contact our hotline at 801-545-5505.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MESSAGE:
Mike Haddon, UDC executive director, shares a detailed message on October 5, 2020, regarding the recent outbreak in the Wasatch Facility at the Utah State Prison in Draper.
The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) is working collaboratively with state partners — including the Lieutenant Governor’s task force — to address Coronavirus in Utah.
The safety of incarcerated individuals or those on supervision, along with our staff, volunteers and others who interact directly with our Department, is paramount.
As Coronavirus cases in Utah continue to increase, please know that we have outbreak strategies in place, which include prompt medical care and testing, and quarantining or isolating staff or incarcerated individuals. These updates will be shared via this webpage and social media.
For more information on the virus, and for state-related updates, please visit the website:
Learn more extensively about the many steps UDC has taken to ensure the safety and health of incarcerated individuals and those on supervision with the Department here: https://le.utah.gov/interim/2020/pdf/00002842.pdf
Total Confirmed Offender Cases to Date by Location
*State and county jail incarcerated individuals are tracked together and totals would need to be requested from each county jail.
**At this time, the University of Utah Hospital requires that any inmate being transported to a hospital for any kind of care to be tested for COVID-19.
**Starting May 20 prison intakes will be limited to Wednesdays. These will include intakes from all county jails and from Adult Probation & Parole. In direct consultation with local health officials, it was decided that these individuals will be in a cohort together for two weeks, and will each be tested for COVID-19 within 24-48 hours of arrival. Those who decline to be tested will be placed in a designated, separate area for two weeks. Please note that this increase in testing each week will reflect a spike in the overall number of inmates tested at the Utah State Prison in Draper and possibly a marginal increase at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.
**Please note that tracked deaths are of individuals who were COVID-19 positive at the time of their death, but their cause of death has not been confirmed by a death certificate.
Updated 01/11/2021 (COVID19 status will be updated twice per week. Any positive cases will be updated on the same day they occur.)
Total Confirmed Staff Cases: 325
Total Recovered Staff Cases: 251
January 7, 2021
The Utah Department of Corrections reports a fifteenth death of a COVID-19 positive individual. The individual was 62-years-old and was pronounced dead at a hospital Wednesday night.
Before being hospitalized the individual was housed at the Utah State Prison in Draper. The incarcerated individual did not identify any living relatives, and attempts to make notification were not successful.
As of January 6, there are 1,178 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison in Draper, CUCF, and state inmates housed at a county jail. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 3, Oquirrh 2, Oquirrh 1, Uinta 4, Uinta 2, Henry (Dogwood, Aspen, Cedar) and Boulder (Fir and Gale).
1,716 incarcerated individuals have been medically designated as recovered.
Various areas at USP and CUCF are operating on a modified lockdown, meaning that out-of-cell time may be greatly limited in areas most impacted by the outbreaks.
The Department continues to collaborate closely with state and local health officials on movement and testing, which includes separating negative cases from positive cases.
Many things have to be considered when moving an incarcerated individual, including COVID-19 protocols.
We continue to work closely with state and local health officials, but our staff have to also consider other criteria for movement of an incarcerated individual including documented safety concerns, gang affiliations, ADA accommodations and other medical conditions unrelated to COVID-19.
The Department provides on-site medical care through the Clinical Services Bureau, which operates infirmaries at both the Utah State Prison and the Central Utah Correctional Facility. The infirmaries offer comprehensive, on-site medical care where medical staff can treat or stabilize inmates needing health care. Mental health services are also available to incarcerated individuals as needed.
The Bureau also contracts with outside hospitals and clinics for treatment of seriously ill inmates who cannot be properly cared for at an infirmary or require evaluation or care from a specialist.
Any incarcerated individual who exhibits symptoms outside the resources of our medical providers will receive care at a nearby hospital.
Our medical staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In areas of an outbreak our medical staff have an active presence on those units at least twice a day to check-in with incarcerated individuals.
Individuals who are already medically compromised (outside of COVID-19), have standardly had a greater medical presence and are actively monitored.
Any incarcerated individual that communicates any discomfort will be given access to medications required or any other treatment required.
There are also active cases of COVID-19 at several community correctional centers: two offenders at Atherton Community Treatment Center, 12 offenders at the Orange Street Community Correctional Center, five offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center, and 28 offenders at the Fortitude Treatment Center.
We truly appreciate the continued patience of family members while we work through this situation.
As a reminder, the only way to share an incarcerated individual's medical information with a family member is through an Authorization to Formally Discuss Health Information Form. We've encouraged all incarcerated individuals to fill out this form through direct messaging, and will continue to promote that information.
We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.
To learn more about the CDC recommendations that the UDC is currently following and exceeding (along with following local health officials recommendations) please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/cor
If you have additional questions, please contact the Department’s COVID-19 Hotline at 801-545-5505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please expect that your call will go to a recording system, but we ask that you please leave a detailed message and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.
Visiting to remain suspended:
At this time, visiting (along with volunteer and religious services) will continue to remain on hold through January 15, at which time we will again reevaluate. We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week.
COMMUNICATIONS TO INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS: