The Hawaii Department of Public Safety (PSD) Health Care Division is working with the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) to conduct mass testing for COVID-19 at all correctional facilities statewide. The broad-based testing being administered by PSD health care, mental health and security staff at Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) and Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF) is complete. The third batch of HCF inmate test results have come in for 94 additional inmates. All 94 were negative. Kulani testing was completed on Tuesday for 164 inmates. The final 86 results came back negative today and 78 results came back negative yesterday.
KCF Warden Wanda Craig says, “I couldn’t be more pleased with my staff for the amazing job they are doing executing the pandemic plan daily, to keep our inmate population free of COVID. I commend all of my security, medical and civilian staff for their hard work and effort, and the team who coordinated the testing for the smooth implementation and quick completion of the testing plan.”
The order of the facilities next in line for testing is being worked out. PSD is also working with DOH and the Hawaii National Guard to coordinate the testing of correctional officers and staff.
The outbreak at the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) is under control. There were no new positive inmate or staff tests to report today. There are currently no inmates hospitalized. Over 96% of all inmates who tested positive have recovered. The number of recovered staff and inmates is surpassing the current active cases.