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Lycoming County inmates test positive for COVID-19

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Lycoming County Prison inmates have tested positive for COVID, according to a news release by Matthew McDermott, administrative director, Lycoming County Government.

“Over the past two days, five Lycoming County Prison inmates have tested positive for COVID. Each inmate is being closely monitored by prison medical staff. At this juncture, none have required hospitalization or care at an outside medical facility.

In response, the prison has increased screening of the inmate population, increased testing, and has increased already-enhanced cleaning protocols. Prison administration is in communication with an epidemiologist at the Pennsylvania Department of Health who works with corrections departments.

The prison has been steadfast in its COVID-mitigation measures, and these are the first positive tests among inmates roughly one year after the pandemic came into the national spotlight. The prison is implementing precautions to mitigate further exposure and is making every effort to keep the inmates and staff safe, while operating a safe and secure facility.”

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