Utah Department of Corrections

Page updated 04/12/2021

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. 

Have specific questions regarding COVID-19 and your incarcerated family member or friend?
Please contact our hotline at 801-545-5505.  

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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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*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, 2020, 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 04/05/2021 (COVID19 status will be updated twice per week. Any positive cases will be updated on the same day they occur.)

Total Confirmed Staff Cases: 399

Total Recovered Staff Cases: 396

Updated 03/26/2021

 

 

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LATEST UPDATE:                                                               

April 12, 2021

Vaccine Update:

Our Department is distributing vaccines as quickly as we receive them from the health departments. Soon after the age limited vaccines were opened to all adults, the associated health departments ramped up their vaccine distribution to correctional facilities. In order to maximize the number of inmates vaccinated, the health department has arranged assistance by the Utah National Guard. 

As of today, nearly 1,700 vaccines have been administered to individuals housed at the Utah State Prison in Draper, the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison and individuals housed at a county jail through the Inmate Placement Program.

Vaccines have ranged from the three authorized for use in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson. More than 500 Johnson and Johnson vaccines-- which require only one shot--were administered this week at the Utah State Prison in Draper. 

We remain committed to distributing vaccines as quickly as we receive them. We will concentrate on vaccinating all those willing before circling back to incarcerated individuals who may have refused before. 

February 10, 2021

The Utah Department of Corrections reported its first outbreak at the Timpanogos Facility in Draper. This is the first outbreak experienced in female housing since the outset of the pandemic. 

Yesterday afternoon several incarcerated individuals at the Timpanogos Facility reported COVID-19 symptoms. The individuals were promptly rapid tested and several tests came back positive. Timpanogos 1 and Timpanogos 2 are now on quarantine and large-scale testing has been initiated. 

As of February 10, there are 123 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: Timpanogos 2 and Elm.

2,922 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 3 active cases of COVID-19 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.

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

If you have additional questions, please contact the Department’s COVID-19 Hotline at 801-545-5505 or email corrections@utah.gov. 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.

January 21, 2021

Visiting to remain suspended:

At this time, visiting (along with volunteer and religious services) will continue to remain on hold through February 15. We continue to meet and discuss how we can hopefully return to a new normal in the near future, and provide these opportunities again. 

We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week.

We are excited to announce that we are finalizing the testing phase of the Utah Department of Corrections' video visitation system.

We need your help to fully rollout video visiting in the next couple weeks.

If you would like to be able to video visit with your loved one please setup or renew your visiting application, and upload your photo ID. You can see the full instructions here: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1260-udc-begins-testing-of-video-visiting-system

 

  

  

 

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COMMUNICATIONS TO INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS: 

January 2021 Newsletter

October 2020 Newsletter

November 2020 Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter

May 2020 Newsletter

April 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 Initial Guidance April 2020