Department of Public Safety News Release: COVID-19 update for September 23, 2020

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 inmate testing being administered by PSD health care, mental health and security staff at Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) is complete. The second batch of test results have come in for 276 additional inmates. All 276 were negative. 250 results came back negative yesterday.

The testing at Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF) on Hawaii Island was completed yesterday for 164 inmates. The first batch of test results for 78 inmates were all negative.

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.

Halawa Correctional Facility notified PSD of a positive test result for 1 employee who pursued outside testing and self-reported the result to the facility today. The employee last worked on 9/21/20. The department is working with DOH on contact tracing.

The outbreak at the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) is under control. There was 1 new positive inmate result reported today. There are currently no inmates hospitalized. Over 96% of all inmates who tested positive have recovered. There was also 1 new staff case reported today. Total PSD staff recoveries increased to 79.

For more information on PSD’s planning and response to COVID-19, inmate testing data, and information detailing the efforts made to safeguard the inmates, staff and public, visit our webpage at:

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