Wis. Dept. of Corrections reports second COVID-19 case in employee

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 10:39:12-04

Another corrections employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) announced Monday.

The first positive case was confirmed on March 18 and is an employee at Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI), the DOC said. The second positive case was confirmed on March 21, 2020 and is an employee at Columbia Correctional Institution (CCI).

The DOC said both institutions are taking measures to slow the spread of the virus in their facilities.

"Both institutions are maximum security facilities and upon notice of the confirmed positive test, each institution suspended administrative rules to limit movement for the protection of our staff and the adults in our care," the DOC said in a statement.

Both employees were directed to quarantine per CDC guidelines.

"At this time," the DOC said Monday, "no individuals in our care have tested positive, and our healthcare professionals are monitoring all individuals in our care closely."

The DOC went on to say that when a positive case is confirmed, all potentially exposed staff are notified, and all adults in custody directly exposed are quarantined. Any staff members that report symptoms will be directed to quarantine for 14 days.