Covid-19 Info from Prison & Health Center
The Livingston County Health Center and the Chillicothe Correctional Center is continuing to inform the public about the current situation regarding COVID-19 in the county, to clear up any misconceptions that might have occurred.
According to a press release, the Health Center bases its count on notifications from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. No cases are entered unless an official notification has been received. Contact tracing is then done on each case to determine close contacts and instruct them to self-isolate for 14 days. The current count of positive cases in Livingston County is 27 with 8 active cases and 19 removed from isolation.
Chillicothe Correctional Center receives testing results through Corizon Health, which provides nursing and healthcare services for inmates and offenders. Corizon staff then forwards the positive notifications to the Health center. Corrections officers and staff are added to the daily count, while inmates are kept separately due to being a population separate from the public. Corizon and Chillicothe Correctional Center staff do contact tracing of positive cases within the inmate population.
As of 3:30 pm on Friday, Deputy Warden of Operations Ryan Coffman reports they have received 189 positive notifications of COVID -19 in the inmate population and 9 positives from staff. Staff members of the Correctional Center that live in the county are included in the Health Center count. Those that live in other counties are noted in their county of residence.
As a part of normal operations, Chillicothe Correctional Center has been monitoring housing units for symptoms of COVIC-19 then testing and isolating the entire unit in place, to contain the spread of the virus. Masks are now required everywhere in the facility where social distancing cannot be maintained. Other precautions such as disinfecting and routine screening are also being followed by the facility.
Sherry Weldon, Administrator of the Health Center, has submitted two cluster reports of cases at the Correctional Center to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.