3RD Nebraska prison inmate tests positive for COVID-19
UPDATED: 12:08 p.m.
An inmate assigned to the Community Corrections Center-Omaha (CCC-O) tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). That individual went to the hospital for unrelated medical issues and was tested upon admission. This is the third inmate to test positive in NDCS. All three men were from CCC-O. Contact tracing will be conducted to identify other individuals who had close contact with the person who tested positive.
Nine staff members within the entire department have tested positive. Some staff members have completed their quarantine and have since returned to work.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska prison officials say a second inmate at a state work-release center in Omaha has tested positive for COVID-19. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says in a news release Friday that the inmate had been in close contact with the state’s first inmate to test positive earlier this week at the Omaha Community Corrections Center.
The Omaha center is one of two work-release prisons in the state and houses 175 inmates. The community corrections facility remains under quarantine. Nebraska prisons director Scott Frakes says that to date, 20 inmates have been tested for the virus; 12 have tested negative, two positive and other results are still pending.