Utah Department of Corrections

Page updated 10/23/2020

Visit coronavirus.utah.gov for statewide information.

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MESSAGE:

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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. 

 

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UTAH RESPONSE:

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:
https://coronavirus.utah.gov/.

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

  

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THE NUMBERS:

Total Confirmed Offender Cases to Date by Location

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 **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.

Updated 10/16/2020 (COVID19 status will be updated twice per week. Any positive cases will be updated on the same day they occur.)

Total Confirmed Staff Cases: 75

Total Recovered Staff Cases: 59

Updated 10/23/2020

 

 

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LATEST UPDATE:                                                               

October 16, 2020:

Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Fortitude Community Correctional Center: 

Three offenders have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Fortitude Community Correctional Center. 

Earlier in the week a support staff member tested positive for COVID-19 at which time in an abundance of caution the local health department recommended testing all staff and offenders associated with the facility.  

The spread is believed to be from community contact as offenders have regular access to the community and the three confirmed cases had little to no contact with the staff member who had tested positive. 

All three offenders are currently in isolation in a separate dorm from all other offenders in the facility. The facility remains in quarantine status until two weeks from the last positive test. 

There are currently 48 offenders housed at the FTC. For the last several months the facility has operated below standard capacity in order to accommodate any potential outbreak. FTC's operational capacity can accommodate up to 160 individuals. 

Health Officials will be on property in the coming days to assist with testing all of those housed at the facility.  

All offenders at FTC have their temperature, oxygen saturation and blood pressure checked daily. A therapist is also onsite and conducts daily mental health checks. 

Here's some additional information on Community Correctional Centers in regards to COVID-19: 

Community Correctional Centers serve as halfway houses to help offenders who may not have a place to go when they leave prison, need additional treatment as they transition back into the community or are struggling and at risk of returning to jail or prison.

UDC works in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local health departments and has ensured that all containment steps have been taken, which include but are not limited to isolating the infected offender(s) who will receive frequent health checks; coordinating with public health officials on quarantine procedures and contact tracing; and ensuring that proper cleaning and contact protocols are implemented. 

UDC does not provide medical care for parolees at these centers, residents in quarantine are allowed to check out for clinics and healthcare appointments and have emergency services contacted when needed. 

Offenders housed within a community correctional center typically have regular access to the community, with limited security, and at this time—based on recommendations from state and local health departments—the facility will now be on quarantine for at least 14 days. 

 
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October 16, 2020:

COVID-19 Update on Outbreak at the Utah State Prison in Draper

Since October 14 there have been no new additional cases of COVID-19 confirmed at the Wasatch Facility in Draper. There are currently 274 active cases of COVID-19 within the Utah State Prison in Draper. 

126 more individuals were tested on Thursday, including intakes and those who have previously tested negative in Wasatch A-Block and B-Block. Test results are anticipated early next week.

Out of an abundance of caution due to the close proximity of Wasatch D-Block to outbreak areas, our clinical services team rapid tested D-Block earlier this week, which totaled 185 individuals. All individuals tested negative. 

All confirmed cases thus far have been in the Wasatch Facility A-Block and B-Block, or through our intake process. Thus far, the vast majority of incarcerated individuals who have tested positive are either asymptomatic or exhibiting minor symptoms; however some individuals have exhibited more severe symptoms with three having been hospitalized. For safety and security reasons, the Department does not share details on whether there are current hospitalizations or the location of those who have been hospitalized. 

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.

Our medical team continues to closely monitor the situation, and is conducting frequent medical and mental health checks on those that are in designated quarantine and isolation areas.

Any incarcerated individual who exhibits symptoms outside the resources of our medical providers will receive care at a nearby hospital.

We are still working to provide commissary services, but deliveries will likely see delays.

Before September 23, USP and CUCF had not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the general incarcerated population. All past confirmed cases have been through new prison intakes who have been promptly tested upon arrival and quarantined for 14 days; or among incarcerated individuals in county jails that UDC contracts with to house a portion of the state’s incarcerated population.

If you would like to learn more about quarantine and isolation procedures, we would encourage you to review this document: https://corrections.utah.gov/images/Inmate_handout_full_0407_1.pdf

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/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/correction-detention/guidance-correctional-detention.html

We’ve also tried to provide more specific information regarding the Wasatch outbreak on this FAQ page here: https://corrections.utah.gov/images/Wasatch_Outbreak_FAQs_1005_fn.pdf

See a full update from the Utah Department of Corrections at a Press Conference on October 15: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=795166127935055

If you have additional questions, please contact the Department’s communications director, Kaitlin Felsted at 801-560-7608 or kefelsted@utah.gov

We will continue to provide regular updates on this webpage.

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COMMUNICATIONS TO INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS: 

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