A Coronavirus Outbreak at Alaska’s Largest Prison Has Doubled in a Week

November 19, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A coronavirus outbreak at Alaska’s largest prison has doubled in a week.

The Goose Creek Correctional Center reported 204 inmates tested positive as of Wednesday. The outbreak was first reported on Nov. 2, when the state Department of Corrections said 22 inmates and five staff members tested positive for the virus.

By last week, the number had ballooned to 110.

The correctional facility typically houses more than 1,000 pretrial and sentenced inmates.

The Anchorage Daily News reported transfers to and from the prison have been suspended. Alaska currently has the sixth lowest total cases for inmates in the country.


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