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Virginia Department of Corrections using COVID-19 plan to keep inmates, staff safe

The department said in a news release that there have been no cases of COVID-19 among inmates and staff at the Virginia prisons.

The Virginia Department of Corrections said it's using a Pandemic Sanitation Plan to keep inmates and staff safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The department said in a news release that there have been no cases of COVID-19 among inmates and staff at the Virginia prisons.

As a precaution, visitation and volunteer activities have been canceled.

The department is using a COVID-19 Medical Guideline and an Offender Screening Questionnaire and Medical Evaluation Tool to evaluate and monitor inmates' health.

Employees have a separate screening tool. They must assess their risk on a daily basis before coming into work, the news release said.

The Pandemic Sanitation Plan ensures all prisons are fully sanitized using appropriate chemicals and approved personal protective equipment. 

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A task force is working to keep the novel virus from spreading into Virginia's prison system.

Off-site video visitation through Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI) remains available.

The Department of Corrections has suspended offender intake from local jails for 30 days.

Medical transports for inmates continue as scheduled unless an appointment is canceled by the provider.

More information can be found on www.vadoc.virginia.gov.