Utah Department of Corrections

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

March 12, 2021

Vaccine Update:

We appreciate the continued support and collaboration of the Utah Department of Health and local health departments throughout the pandemic.

The Department continues to work closely with them as vaccines become available to incarcerated individuals.  

If you would like to track vaccine distribution to our incarcerated population, please visit the coronavirus.utah.gov website and click the "Case Counts" tab. On that page, you can click the “vaccines” tab and Corrections is listed in the chart “Vaccine Administered by Provider Type."

We provided this informational handout regarding the COVID-19 vaccine to all incarcerated individuals in January: https://corrections.utah.gov/images/Incarcerated_Individuals_Newsletter__COVID-19__01222021_1_1.pdf

January 22, 2021

Vaccine Update:

We are excited to announce that approximately 79 incarcerated individuals over 70-years-old at the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper will have the opportunity to be vaccinated starting Monday, January 25. 

Our clinical services team personally screened and offered the vaccine to every incarcerated individual over 70 years old at USP. The initial rollout of the vaccine begins at USP as the most high-risk and medically compromised individuals are housed there due to proximity to USP's infirmary and local hospitals. 

We appreciate the support of the Utah Department of Health and the Salt Lake County Health Department in providing these initial doses.  

A full-scale rollout of the vaccine within our correctional facilities is planned as part of the second-phase of the Utah Department of Health's three-phase approach. 

If you'd like to learn more, here's a link to a newsletter we are working to distribute to every incarcerated individual over the coming days: https://corrections.utah.gov/images/Incarcerated_Individuals_Newsletter__COVID-19__01222021_1_1.pdf

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.

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 5, 2021

The Utah Department of Corrections reports a fourteenth death of a COVID-19 positive individual. The individual was 70-years-old and was pronounced dead Tuesday morning. 

The individual was housed at the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) in Gunnison. The family of the incarcerated individual have been notified.

As of January 4, there are 1,149 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) and Boulder (Fir and Gale).

1,710 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 23 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.

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.

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.

December 31, 2020

The Utah Department of Corrections reports a thirteenth death of a COVID-19 positive individual. The individual was 55-years-old and was pronounced dead at a hospital Wednesday afternoon. 

Before being hospitalized the individual was housed at the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper. The family of the incarcerated individual has been notified.

As of December 29, there are 1,196 active cases of COVID-19 between USP in Draper, Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, 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).

1,578 incarcerated individuals have been medically designated as recovered.

Both 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: five offenders at Atherton Community Treatment Center, 12 offenders at the Orange Street Community Correctional Center, 12 offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center, and 17 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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days.

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, 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.

December 24, 2020

The Utah Department of Corrections reports a twelfth death of a COVID-19 positive individual. The individual was 72-years-old and was pronounced dead at a hospital late Wednesday night. 

Before being hospitalized the individual was housed at the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) in Gunnison. The family of the incarcerated individual has been notified.

As of December 22, there are 1,065 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper, CUCF, and state inmates housed at a county jail. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 4, Oquirrh 3, Oquirrh 2, Oquirrh 1, Uinta 4, Uinta 3, Uinta 2, Ironwood, Henry (Dogwood, Aspen, Cedar) and Boulder (Fir and Gale).

1,578 incarcerated individuals have been medically designated as recovered.

Both 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: five offenders at Atherton Community Treatment Center, 12 offenders at the Orange Street Community Correctional Center and 12 offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center, and two offenders at the Fortitude Treatment Center.

December 21, 2020

The Utah Department of Corrections reports an eleventh death of a COVID-19 positive individual. The individual was 86-years-old and was pronounced dead at the Department's infirmary in Draper on Sunday. 

Before being hospitalized the individual was housed at the Utah State Prison in Draper. The family of the incarcerated individual has been notified.

As of December 21, there are 964 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper, CUCF, and state inmates housed at a county jail. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 4, Oquirrh 3, Oquirrh 2, Oquirrh 1, Uinta 4, Uinta 3, Ironwood, Henry (Dogwood, Aspen, Cedar) and Boulder (Fir and Gale).

1,578 incarcerated individuals have been medically designated as recovered.

Both 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: five offenders at Atherton Community Treatment Center, 12 offenders at the Orange Street Community Correctional Center and 12 offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center, and one offender 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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days.

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, 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.

December 16, 2020

The Utah Department of Corrections reports a tenth death of a COVID-19 positive individual. The individual was 71-years-old and was pronounced dead at the hospital late Tuesday night.

Before being hospitalized the individual was housed at the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) in Gunnison. The family of the incarcerated individual has been notified.

As of December 16, there are 1,193 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper, CUCF, and state inmates housed at a county jail. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 5, Oquirrh 4, Oquirrh 3, Oquirrh 2, Oquirrh 1, Uinta 4, Uinta 3, Promontory, Lone Peak, Wasatch (Dog-Block), Ironwood, Henry (Dogwood, Aspen, Cedar) and Boulder (Fir and Gale). 

1,006 incarcerated individuals have been medically designated as recovered.

Both 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: five offenders at Atherton Community Treatment Center, one offender at the Orange Street Community Correctional Center and two offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional 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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days.

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 fol

lowing 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, 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.

December 8, 2020: 

As of December 8, there are 1,140 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper, CUCF, and state inmates housed at a county jail. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 5, Oquirrh 4, Oquirrh 3, Oquirrh 2, Oquirrh 1, Uinta 4, Uinta 3, Promontory, Lone Peak, Wasatch (Dog-Block), Ironwood, Henry (Dogwood, Aspen) and Boulder (Fir and Gale). 

We invite you to join us on December 9 at 11 a.m. for a Facebook Live COVID-19 Update to hear from Tony Washington, our clinical services director.

November 30, 2020

Over the weekend, the Department confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oquirrh 3, Uinta 3 and Uinta 4. Staff immediately initiated isolation and quarantine protocols, and initiated larger scale testing.

The Department hosted its first semi-monthly video update on Friday, November 20, at 10 a.m. Deputy Director Jim Hudspeth shared an update on UDC’s response to COVID-19, which can be found on the Department’s Facebook page.

As of November 30, there are 723 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper, CUCF, and state inmates housed at a county jail. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 5, Oquirrh 3, Oquirrh 2, Uinta 4, Uinta 3, Promontory, Lone Peak, Wasatch (Dog-Block), Ironwood, Henry (Dogwood) and Boulder (Fir, Gale, and Hickory). 

693 incarcerated individuals have been medically designated as recovered.

Both 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.

In areas like Oquirrh 5 where there are individuals who are already medically compromised (outside of COVID-19), we have standardly had a greater medical presence who actively monitor these individuals.

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: seven offenders at Fortitude Treatment Center, and seven offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional 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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days.

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, 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 December 15, at which time we will again reevaluate. We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week.

November 25, 2020

The Utah Department of Corrections reports two additional deaths of individuals who were positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of deaths to nine. 

One individual was 70-years-old and passed away on November 23. The individual was hospitalized at the time of their death.

The other individual was 48-years-old and passed away on November 25. The individual was hospitalized at the time of their death.  
Before being hospitalized both individuals were housed and followed by medical staff at the Oquirrh 5 facility. The families of the incarcerated individuals have been notified.

The Department also reports a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Oquirrh 2 facility. Last night an incarcerated individual reported COVID-19-related symptoms and was promptly rapid tested. The results came back positive. Staff immediately initiated isolation and quarantine protocols, and have initiated larger scale testing.

The Department hosted its first semi-monthly video update on Friday, November 20, at 10 a.m. Deputy Director Jim Hudspeth shared an update on UDC’s response to COVID-19, which can be found on the Department’s Facebook page.

As of November 25, there are 560 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper, CUCF, and state inmates housed at a county jail. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 5, Oquirrh 2 Promontory, Lone Peak, Wasatch (Dog-Block), Ironwood, Henry (Dogwood) and Boulder (Fir, Gale, and Hickory). 

684 incarcerated individuals have been medically designated as recovered.

Both 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.

In areas like Oquirrh 5 where there are individuals who are already medically compromised (outside of COVID-19), we have standardly had a greater medical presence who actively monitor these individuals.

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: seven offenders at Fortitude Treatment Center, and seven offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional 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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days.

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, 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 December 1, at which time we will again reevaluate. We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week.

November 20, 2020

The Utah Department of Corrections reports three additional deaths of individuals who were positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of deaths to seven.

One individual was 68-years-old and passed away on Wednesday evening and had been hospitalized since November 13.

The other individual was 70-years-old and passed away early Thursday morning and had been hospitalized since November 12.  

Both individuals had comorbidities and had tested positive on November 9.

Before being hospitalized both individuals were housed and receiving treatment at the Oquirrh 5 facility. The families of the incarcerated individuals have been notified.

The third death occurred on November 1 but was not initially reported as a COVID-19 death as the individual had a negative rapid COVID-19 test hours before being found deceased in his housing section. The individual was 61-years-old and was housed at the Oquirrh 5 facility and had comorbidities. It was later determined by the medical examiner that the individual was COVID-19 positive at the time of death.   

The Utah Department of Corrections’ public tracking sheet now lists the total number of deaths of individuals who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Department hosted its first semi-monthly video update on Friday at 10 a.m. Deputy Director Jim Hudspeth shared an update on UDC’s response to COVID-19, which can be found on the Department’s Facebook page.

As of November 19, there are 800 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper, CUCF, and state inmates housed at a county jail. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 5, Promontory, Lone Peak, Wasatch (Dog-Block), Hickory, Ironwood, and Gale. 

346 incarcerated individuals have been medically designated as recovered.

Both 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.

In areas like Oquirrh 5 where there are individuals who are already medically compromised (outside of COVID-19), we have standardly had a greater medical presence who actively monitor these individuals.

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: three offenders at Atherton Community Treatment Center, one offender at Bonneville Community Correctional Center, seven offenders at Fortitude Treatment Center, and seven offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional 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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days.

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, 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 December 1, at which time we will again reevaluate. We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week.

November 16, 2020

The Utah Department of Corrections reports its third death of a 50-year-old incarcerated individual on November 14 who was COVID-19 positive. The individual was hospitalized at the time of their death.

The individual was transported to the hospital for escalated treatment on October 12. The individual was pronounced dead at the hospital late Saturday night. 
Before being hospitalized the incarcerated individual was receiving treatment at the Wasatch Facility’s infirmary and prior to that was housed at the Wasatch Facility in A-Block where he was among one of the first to test positive for COVID-19. The family of the incarcerated individual has been notified. While it is believed his death was COVID-related, per protocol the cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.
"I would like to express condolences to those who have lost incarcerated loved ones, as well as so many others in Utah who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic," said Mike Haddon, executive director for the Utah Department of Corrections. "As a State, we must all continue to pull together to combat the spread of COVID-19, including wearing our face coverings, social distancing and limiting contact with those outside our households."
At this time there are 684 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) in Gunnison. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 5, Promontory, Lone Peak, Wasatch (Dog-Block), Hickory, and Gale.  
At this time 344 incarcerated individuals have been medically designated as recovered. 

Both 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. 

In areas like Oquirrh 5 where there are individuals who are already medically compromised (outside of COVID-19), we have standardly had a greater medical presence who actively monitor these individuals. 

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: three offenders at Atherton Community Treatment Center, one offender at Bonneville Community Correctional Center, eight offenders at Fortitude Treatment Center, and five offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional 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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days.

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 communications director, Kaitlin Felsted at 801-560-7608 or corrections@utah.govPlease expect that your call may go to voicemail, but we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

November 12, 2020

It is with great sadness that the Utah Department of Corrections reports its second death of a 70-year-old incarcerated individual on November 11 who was COVID-19 positive. The individual was hospitalized at the time of their death.

Before being hospitalized the incarcerated individual was housed and receiving treatment at the Oquirrh 5 facility where he tested positive for COVID-19 on November 4. The incarcerated individual did have several complicating comorbidities that may have contributed to his death. The family of the incarcerated individual has been notified. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

At this time there are 621 active cases of COVID-19 between the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) in Gunnison. Outbreaks are currently present in the following areas: Oquirrh 5, Promontory, Lone Peak, Wasatch (Dog-Block), Hickory, and Gale.  

Both 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.

There are also active cases of COVID-19 at several community correctional centers: two offenders at Atherton Community Treatment Center, one offender at Bonneville Community Correctional Center, two offenders at Fortitude Treatment Center, and five offenders at the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center.

The Department continues to collaborate closely with state and local health officials on movement and testing, which includes separating negative cases from positive cases.   

“Our staff have performed exceptionally, especially considering how many months they have been facing this pandemic.  The citizens of Utah deserve to know that we have top quality individuals engaged in some of the most challenging work imaginable.  They are my heroes and merit the appreciation of all Utahns,” said Mike Haddon, executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections.

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. 

In areas like Oquirrh 5 where there are individuals who are already medically compromised (outside of COVID-19), we have standardly had a greater medical presence who actively monitor these individuals. 

Any incarcerated individual that communicates any discomfort will be given access to medications required or any other treatment required.

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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days.

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 communications director, Kaitlin Felsted at 801-560-7608 or corrections@utah.gov. Please expect that your call may go to voicemail, but 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 December 1, at which time we will again reevaluate. We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week.

November 6, 2020:

Our Adult Probation and Parole Division confirmed a few COVID-19 cases within their community correctional centers over this past week: two offenders at Atheron; one offender at Bonneville, one offender at Fortitude Treatment Center, and one at the Northern Utah facility.
 
Based on contact tracing the offenders from Atherton, Bonneville and Northern Utah were confirmed to be through community spread. The offender at FTC was an intake from a county jail where they had recently confirmed cases, and he was quarantined and tested upon arrival at FTC. 
 
Adult Probation and Parole continues to coordinate closely with local health officials on testing, and quarantine and isolation procedures. 

November 3, 2020:

Utah Department of Corrections reported its first outbreak at the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) in Gunnison today. Late last night an incarcerated individual reported COVID-19-related symptoms and was promptly rapid tested. The results came back positive. Staff immediately initiated isolation and quarantine protocols, and began larger scale testing.

As of right now, there are currently 14 confirmed cases in the Hickory Facility and 5 confirmed cases in the Gale Facility, but testing is ongoing. 

At this time it appears the outbreak is likely due to community spread.

In regards to the second outbreak at the Utah State Prison in Draper, testing continues with focused attention on areas of outbreak. At this time, there are now 137 confirmed cases in Promontory, 59 cases in Oquirrh 5, and 19 cases in Lone Peak.

Both facilities 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 from both regions 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.

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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days.

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 communications director, Kaitlin Felsted at 801-560-7608 or corrections@utah.gov. Please expect that your call may go to voicemail, but we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

10/31/2020

At this time we have tested all of Oquirrh 5, Promontory and Lone Peak for COVID-19. As of today we have 33 positive cases in Oquirrh 5, 29 cases in Promontory and six cases in Lone Peak. For now, the Utah State Prison in Draper will remain on lockdown while our staff work diligently with local and state health officials on quarantine and isolation procedures, including additional testing over the coming days. 

We are working now to separate positive cases from negative cases with additional considerations such as proximity to medical care and resources, documented safety concerns, gang affiliations, ADA accommodations and other medical conditions unrelated to COVID-19. 

We truly appreciate your patience 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 a couple weeks ago, and will continue to promote that information in the coming days. 

Please refer to the update from yesterday toward the bottom of this webpage, which includes more information that may be helpful. We will continue to update as information becomes available.

October 30, 2020:

Update on potential second outbreak at the Utah State Prison in Draper

The Utah State Prison in Draper is currently on a code-red lockdown for at least the next twenty-four hours due to a potential second outbreak. 

As we continue to work through this very fluid situation, please know that incarcerated individuals' basic needs will continue to be met, including meals and medical care.  

Last night we had two inmates housed in Oquirrh 5 report that they were exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and they were immediately rapid-tested. Both those tests came back negative. 

Today, an inmate in Oquirrh 5 reported having COVID-19 symptoms and was promptly rapid-tested. The test was positive and containment protocols for the Utah State Prison in Draper (USP) were immediately initiated. 

Shortly thereafter an inmate housed in the Promontory Facility reported COVID-19 symptoms and we also promptly tested. The test was also positive. 

We're collaborating closely with the Utah Health Department and the Utah Department of Public Safety who are assisting in the testing of the whole Utah State Prison in Draper starting in the Oquirrh and Promontory Facilities today. USP’s population today is 2,580.

We are deeply concerned about this latest outbreak. Oquirrh 5 is where our most medically vulnerable incarcerated individuals reside and it’s where we’ve taken the greatest precautions since the beginning of the pandemic to keep them safe.

Our Promontory Facility is dormitory-style housing, which means that exposure may be significant by the time the first case is confirmed.

Our staff are working quickly now to accommodate isolation and quarantine needs.  

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.

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 communications director, Kaitlin Felsted at 801-560-7608 or corrections@utah.gov. Please expect that your call may go to voicemail, but we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

Our COVID-19 positive case count at USP this morning before we confirmed the additional cases in Oquirrh 5 and Promontory totaled 312 incarcerated individuals with 303 individuals considered recovered.

At this time, no incarcerated individuals in Promontory or Oquirrh 5 are exhibiting significant symptoms.

From the initial outbreak in our Wasatch Facility, we had three incarcerated individuals who needed greater care and were 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.

We will continue to provide regular updates, and when we confirm positive COVID-19 cases we will update those numbers on our public website.

Important things to note as we work through this second outbreak:

  • Incarcerated individuals may not have access to phones for the next couple days, but please know that it’s a priority that we make communication resources available as soon as we can do so safely.
  • Commissary and mail will likely be delayed by a couple days, especially in designated quarantine and isolation areas.
  • During the last outbreak many families were concerned about their loved one not being provided standard care, including prescriptions, or being fed. We can assure you that these things were provided and will continue to be provided, and we do have contingency plans in place, if we continue to see greater spread.
  • If you would like to request specific medical information regarding your loved-one, the incarcerated individual will need to request an Authorization to Formally Discuss Health Information form from our custody staff or their case manager.
  • In areas of quarantine or isolation it can be expected that individuals will have limited time out of their cell in order to prevent spread and to complete frequent cleanings. 

October 30, 2020:

Economic Impact Payment Update

On April 27, the IRS emailed the Utah Department of Corrections notifying them that they should return any checks issued to incarcerated individuals for the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

In early October, the IRS informed the Department that pursuant to a permanent injunction entered in Scholl v. Mnuchin, No. 20-cv-05309 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 14, 2020), the IRS cannot deny a payment to someone who is incarcerated if they meet the eligibility criteria. 

On October 21 the IRS notified the Department that they would mail forms for incarcerated individuals to fill out to request their EIP, which would need to be mailed by November 4, 2020. 

The Department then proactively and promptly printed and distributed a packet with instructions--including the1040 form--from the IRS website to give incarcerated individuals as much time as possible to meet the deadline. 

On October 27 the Department received approximately 15,000 packets from the IRS to be distributed to incarcerated individuals with more information on how to apply for the EIP. These are being distributed now as well. 

It's important to note that if the stimulus check is deposited in the incarcerated individual's account that it will be subject to the Department’s standard protocols, which includes the Department’s ability to take up to 60 percent of all incoming funds to help satisfy all unpaid financial obligations until those obligations are paid in full, but will never be less than a $15 balance.  

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 corrections@utah.gov.

We will continue to provide regular updates on this webpage.

10/16/2020

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. 

10/12/2020:

On Thursday and Friday, the Utah State Health Department aided UDC in the mass testing of Wasatch A-Block and B-Block. There are currently 327 incarcerated individuals housed in those two blocks.

There are now 264 active cases of COVID-19 at the Utah State Prison in Draper. All confirmed cases 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.

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

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.

10/05/2020

At this time, visiting (along with volunteer and religious services) will continue to remain on hold through November 1, at which time we will again reevaluate. We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week.

10/01/2020:

There are now  57 active cases of COVID-19 at the Utah State Prison in Draper. This represents approximately one percent of our incarcerated population.  At this time, inmates are either asymptomatic or exhibiting minor symptoms. Confirmed cases have now spread outside of our Wasatch facility Baker-Block with three inmates who rapid-tested positive for COVID-19 last night in A-Block of our Wasatch facility, after exhibiting symptoms.

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

The Utah State Health Department aided UDC medical staff in the testing of 125 incarcerated individuals housed within the Wasatch Facility today, and more tests are anticipated to be administered in the coming days.  

There are 550 inmates housed within the Wasatch Facility. The facility comprises four blocks: A-Block, B-Block (Baker), C-Block (Charlie), D-Block (Dog).  

We will continue to provide regular updates on this webpage.

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

09/30/2020:

At this time, visiting (along with volunteer and religious services) will continue to remain on hold through October 15, at which time we will again reevaluate. We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week.

09/28/2020:

On September 28, there were 47 active cases of COVID-19 within the Utah State Prison in Draper. 45 of those cases have been confirmed in the Wasatch Facility in Baker Block, and the other two cases are new prison intakes. 

On September 25, the Utah State Health Department aided UDC medical staff in the testing of 164 incarcerated individuals housed within Baker Block.

At this time it is suspected that a couple of the COVID-positive inmates may have contracted the virus from a medical care provider who treated several inmates—while wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE)—and shortly after became symptomatic. At that time the provider did promptly get tested and quarantined.

Read full update below. 

All inmates who were treated by the medical care provider, along with all those housed in Baker Block, have been isolated and tested. Thorough contact tracing and testing has been initiated since the first confirmed case on September 23, and both USP and the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) are now on a modified lockdown. Incarcerated individuals’ movement and level of recreation will be limited, and based on areas of observation, quarantine and isolation.

UDC is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, and coordinating closely with state and local health officials to ensure that all containment steps are taken, which include, coordinating with local health officials on quarantine and isolation, conducting contact tracing, and ensuring that proper cleaning protocols are implemented.

“Our team and those we supervise have worked diligently and heroically to keep COVID-19 from entering our general incarcerated population,” said Mike Haddon, executive director for the Utah Department of Corrections. “We are genuinely concerned about the possible transmission of this virus, which is why we are following and exceeding CDC recommendations and working with local health officials to contain any potential outbreak.”

Until September 23, USP and CUCF did not have 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.

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 inmates 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.

In regards to COVID-19 treatment, if an inmate needs greater care such as access to a ventilator, they will be cared for in a hospital.

UDC is driven to ensure that staff, inmates, and the general public are kept informed of recent developments within our operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last couple months, the Department has proactively taken stringent steps for prevention, and toward containment.

Regular updates will be posted on this webpage.

09/25/2020:

Five inmates have now rapid tested positive for COVID-19 within the Utah State Prison in the Wasatch Facility in Baker Block. All five inmates have also been administered the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test and results are due back from an outside medical provider within the next day or two.

Earlier today, the Utah State Health Department aided UDC medical staff in the testing of 164 incarcerated individuals housed within Baker Block, and results are anticipated within the next 72 hours.

At this time it is suspected that the COVID-positive inmates may have contracted the virus from a medical care provider who treated several inmates—while wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE)—and shortly after became symptomatic. At that time the provider did promptly get tested and quarantined.

All inmates who were treated by the medical care provider, along with those that have tested positive in Baker Block, have been isolated and tested. Thorough contact tracing and testing has been initiated since the first confirmed case on September 23, and both USP and the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) are now on a modified lockdown. Incarcerated individuals’ movement and level of recreation will be limited, and based on areas of observation, quarantine and isolation.

UDC is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, and coordinating closely with state and local health officials to ensure that all containment steps are taken, which include, coordinating with local health officials on quarantine and isolation, conducting contact tracing, and ensuring that proper cleaning protocols are implemented.

“Our team and those we supervise have worked diligently and heroically to keep COVID-19 from entering our general incarcerated population,” said Mike Haddon, executive director for the Utah Department of Corrections. “We are genuinely concerned about the possible transmission of this virus, which is why we are following and exceeding CDC recommendations and working with local health officials to contain any potential outbreak.”

Until now, USP and CUCF have 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 portions of the state’s incarcerated population. 

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 inmates 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.

In regards to COVID-19 treatment, if an inmate needs greater care such as access to a ventilator, they will be cared for in a hospital.

UDC is driven to ensure that staff, inmates, and the general public are kept informed of recent developments within our operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last couple months, the Department has proactively taken stringent steps for prevention, and toward containment. 

Regular updates will be posted on this webpage.

09/23/2020:

The Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility are on a 24-hour lockdown starting at approximately 3:00 p.m. due to a possible transmission of COVID-19 within the general population.

UDC is working in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, and coordinating closely with state and local health officials to ensure that all containment steps are taken, which include, coordinating with local health officials on quarantine and isolation procedures, conducting contact tracing, and ensuring that proper cleaning protocols are implemented.

We will provide further information shortly on this webpage.

09/15/2020:

At this time, visiting (along with volunteer and religious services) will continue to remain on hold through October 1, at which time we will again reevaluate. We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week. 

09/10/2020:

As we work to initiate video visitation, and continue planning for a return to normalcy, Utah Correctional Industries will be taking photos of incarcerated individuals, beginning mid-September, to be shared with their families. 

At this time, incarcerated individuals in most maximum security areas, at the Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility, will not be included due to logistical problems and privilege levels.

We anticipate that photos will be completed by the end of October. We hope that this will be an opportunity we can continue providing in the future, and may open it up to excluded areas in the future as an incentive. 

 09/01/2020

At this time, visiting (along with volunteer and religious services) will continue to remain on hold through September 15, at which time we will again reevaluate. 

We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week, and we will continue to explore ways to increase communication and bolster morale while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for incarcerated individuals.

The Utah Department of Corrections anticipates that video visiting will begin in designated facilities in the next few weeks. Certain areas will take longer as they still require more enhancement. 

We anticipate that each incarcerated individual will be given two 30-minute video visits per month, if their privilege level allows. 

In regards to the visiting renewal process, we would encourage families and friends to continue submitting those forms by mail. We anticipate that there will be some grace period in effect for a designated amount of time to accommodate renewal requests to make it through the system. 

A committee has been working closely on the visiting process, which includes scheduling and visitor authorization.

More details will be made available in the coming weeks, and we thank you for your continued patience as we introduce this new form of communication into our facilities. 

Here's a link where you can find visiting forms: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/family-friends/how-to/14-visiting-information/1058-visitor-application-forms

08/13/2020

At this time, visiting (along with volunteer and religious services) will continue to remain on hold through September 1, at which time we will again reevaluate. 

We will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week, and we will continue to explore ways to increase communication and bolster morale while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for incarcerated individuals.

07/24/2020:

06/01/2020:

We want you to know that we are actively exploring options for video visiting, while we continue to suspend visiting at the Utah State Prison and the Central Utah Correctional Facility.

Based on the Governor’s Color-Coded Health Guidance System, our facilities continue to operate at a high-risk level, as incarcerated individuals exist in a very community-based environment.

While we are moving as quickly as we can, there are roadblocks along the way including a lack of WiFi access points or poor cellular signal within prison housing.

We have technicians identifying locations for access via cellular service, and we are hoping to implement something in the near future.

Our intent is to set up something more permanent within our correctional facility in Gunnison, so we can offer this supplementary form of communication to incarcerated individuals for years to come.

Our correctional facility in Draper is more complicated, as we consider it's varied infrastructure and the funds needed to invest in such an engineered process, especially as we will be moving to the new facility in Salt Lake City in the next two years, and which will be equipped with video visiting.

It's also important to note that while we are working to add this additional communication channel, we will not be eliminating in-person visiting at any of our facilities--present and future. 

For now, we will continue to offer 10 free 15 minute phone calls per week, and we will press forward in exploring ways to increase communication, bolster morale, while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for incarcerated individuals.

We truly recognize how critical family and friends are to those incarcerated, and we feel your frustrations and anxiety as we continue to adapt to this novel coronavirus.

We encourage you to continue communicating with your loved one through the current channels available. A handwritten note, or supportive phone call can make a world of difference in their lives.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to adapt to these difficult times.

At this time, visiting will remain on hold through July 1 at which time we will again reevaluate. 

05/29/2020: 

The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) has confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19 at the Utah State Prison in Draper on May 29, 2020.

UDC will not be releasing the name of the offender or their housing location.

The inmate is male and between the ages of 18-24, and is in stable condition and has been isolated.

The offender came into the facility as an intake from a county jail on May 27 and was tested and confirmed within 48 hours of arrival, while housing with only a small group of others who came into the facility at the same time.

Starting May 20, the UDC moved to once a week intake day for those transitioning to prison from a county jail or from Adult Probation and Parole. In direct consultation with local health officials, UDC has worked to test all intakes shortly after their arrival, along with housing intakes together for a period of two weeks before moving them to general population.  

UDC is working in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, and coordinating closely with state and local health officials to ensure that all containment steps are taken, which include but are not limited to isolating the infected inmate who will receive frequent health checks; coordinating with local health officials on quarantine procedures and contact tracing; and ensuring that proper cleaning protocols are implemented.

You can learn more here: https://corrections.utah.gov/images/052920_Confirmed_Case_at_Utah_State_Prison_in_Draper.pdf

05/15/2020: 

This, Governor Gary R. Herbert, upon the recommendation of the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force, announced that the Color-Coded Health Guidance System would move from a moderate risk level to low risk level for most of the state.

While the State of Utah will begin to open up a little more over the next couple months, these guidelines will not directly correlate with how we will operate within our correctional facilities. In a congregate and confined environment like prison or community correctional centers, it’s difficult to maintain social distancing, and it’s also more difficult to isolate and contain the potential spread of COVID-19.

At this time we will not be rolling back many of the changes that we’ve implemented in the last couple months; however, we are exploring innovative approaches on how we can again offer opportunities for programming, visiting, and volunteer and religious services. This approach is consistent with guidance from State public health officials and practice in Correctional operations across the nation. We ask for your continued patience at this time, and please know that your incarcerated loved ones safety and health continue to be our top priority. 

You can read the full newsletter provided this week to incarcerated individuals here: https://corrections.utah.gov/images/Newsletter_to_Inmates__COVID-19__May_5.pdf

 05/11/2020: 

Visiting will remain on hold through June 1 at which time we will again reevaluate. 

04/23/2020: 

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, visiting will remain on hold through May 15 at which time we will again reevaluate.

04/14/2020: 

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new recommendations regarding wearing masks in community-based environments, our Utah Correctional Industries staff and incarcerated individuals who participate in the program, have worked dedicatedly to sew washable, reusable face coverings. Every incarcerated individual within the Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison and every staff member have been provided two of these face coverings along with information on how to sanitize their face covering, and when to wear them.  

04/09/2020: 

The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) is making referrals to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole (BOPP) regarding the early release of some offenders. Originally referrals were being made for those who have a release date within 90 days, but in light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 throughout the country, this timeline was recently reevaluated and increased to 180 days. All offenders released early must still have an approved address to release to.

To learn more visit: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1239-utah-identifies-early-releases-to-create-additional-capacity-within-correctional-facilities

04/03/2020:

The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) has confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19 within one of its community correctional centers on April 3, 2020.

The offender, who has not been in a state prison since late 2019, is male and between the ages of 45 to 64, and is in stable condition and has been isolated.

UDC is working in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local health departments to ensure that all containment steps are taken, which include but are not limited to isolating the infected offender 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.

Read more here:https://corrections.utah.gov/images/040320_UDC_Confirmed_COVID-19_Case_.pdf

03/31/2020: 

The process for picking up inmate property will temporarily change during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more here: https://corrections.utah.gov/images/COVID-19_Property_Pick-up.pdf

03/26/2020:

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, visiting will remain on hold through April 26 at which time we will reevaluate. In the meantime, we will continue to offer 10 free 15-minute phone calls per week to each inmate. 

Public Information Panels and volunteer activities continue to be postponed until further notice.

03/26/2020:

In collaboration with the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, and support from the Utah Governor’s Office, the Utah Department of Corrections is initiating some early releases to create capacity within correctional facilities as confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase throughout the state.

At this time there are no confirmed cases within the UDC facilities among either staff or inmates.

The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) is making referrals to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole (BOPP) for release of incarcerated individuals, who are already within 180 days of their scheduled release date and have an approved address.

Learn more here: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1239-utah-identifies-early-releases-to-create-additional-capacity-within-correctional-facilities

03/24/2020: 

The April 6 Focus Forum meeting has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled for a later date. 

03/20/2020: 

Starting March 31, the weekly Release Day Fair and Orientation event will temporarily change its operations. Please visit the Release Day Information page for more information. 

03/18/2020: 

All inmates at the Utah State Prison are safe and accounted for after an earthquake this morning.

03/13/2020:

Increased Access to Phones

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, inmates at the Utah State Prison and the Central Utah Correctional Facility will have access to 10 free phone calls per week. The free calls will be limited to 15 minutes. Traditional fees will be charged for additional calls and calls exceeding the 15-minute limit. The free communications are being put in place to allow offenders to stay in contact with loved ones while visiting is suspended at the two facilities. We'd like to thank CenturyLink for working so quickly in coordination with our Department to get this in motion!

03/12/2020:

Visiting and Volunteering Suspended:

Based on the most recent recommendations from the CDC and the Utah Coronavirus Task Force to take preventative steps to inhibit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are temporarily suspending all visiting and volunteering to our correctional facilities. These include Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. Our Department will reevaluate this suspension in two weeks. We will provide an update through our website and social media at that time. Volunteers, family and friends play a critical role in an offender's rehabilitation process, and we will continue to keep you updated over the next few weeks on when those opportunities will be available again. Incarcerated individuals have been notified that visiting is suspended and we are encouraging them to continue utilizing the phone calls and mail.

Attorneys will be permitted to meet with offenders, but only through barrier visits at this time. 

03/12/2020: Tours and public awareness panels suspended for the time being.

03/12/2020: The Utah Serving Time Cafe is closed for business until further notice.