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Employees at Gadsden, Wakulla correctional institutions test positive for coronavirus

Total of 12 employees at Big Bend prisons test positive
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Posted at 10:16 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 10:45:43-04

(WTXL) — The Florida Department of Corrections has confirmed that three employees at the Gadsden Correctional Institution and two employees at the Wakulla Correctional Institution have tested positive for coronavirus.

Across the state, 56 employees at Florida's correctional facilities have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as 35 inmates.

Locally, several other institutions have also reported employees testing positive for the virus.

Liberty CI - 1 employee, 0 inmates
Apalachee CI - 5 employees, 0 inmates
Hamilton CI - 1 employee, 0 inmates
Wakulla CI - 2 employees, 0 inmates
Gadsden CI - 3 employees, 0 inmates

"In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, FDC will not identify the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities. Staff listed above may be employed by FDC or one of its contractors," officials wrote in a statement.

For a break down of the latest coronavirus cases in the Big Bend, click here.

Any correctional employee who is symptomatic, or who has tested positive for COVID-19, will not be allowed to go back to work until a full recovery is documented by a medical professional and DOH and CDC guidelines are followed.

If an inmate shows symptoms of COVID-19, medical staff will place the inmate in medical isolation, pending DOH testing.

FDC has 145 facilities statewide, including 50 correctional institutions, seven private partner facilities, 17 annexes, 34 work camps, three re-entry centers, 12 FDC-operated work release centers, 18 private work release centers, two road prisons, one forestry camp and one basic training camp.