PSD NEWS RELEASE – Department of Public Safety COVID-19 update for 9/22/20Posted on Sep 22, 2020 in Latest News, Newsroom
HONOLULU – 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 testing being administered by PSD health care and security staff began yesterday (9/21/20) at Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) on Oahu and Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF) on Hawaii Island. The testing at HCF is on-going but the first batch of test results have come in for 250 inmates. All 250 were negative. KCF has completed their inmate testing and results are pending for 164 inmates.
The order of the facilities next in line for testing is still being worked out. PSD is also working with DOH and the Hawaii National Guard to coordinate the testing of correctional officers and staff.
The outbreak at the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) is contained. There are no new positive results to report today for staff or inmates. There are currently no inmates hospitalized. Over 96% of all inmates who tested positive have recovered. Total PSD staff recoveries increased to 77.
Total PSD COVID-19 active and recovered cases as of 9/22/20:
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|*Administration Division includes administrative services, fiscal, personnel,|
|training and staff development and the offices under the Director.|
|**Numbers are subject to change as pending results are received.|
- The inmate releases directed through the Hawaii Supreme Court (HSC) orders are on-going. There were no new releases for 9/21/20.
- All transports to court from all Oahu facilities are suspended through Friday, October 2. Video hearings will still be accommodated to the extent possible and as legally permissible. PSD is in constant contact with the Judiciary to assure the safety of all staff and inmates involved.
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: http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/
Public Information Officer
Hawaii Department of Public Safety