Over half of COVID-19 testing at DOC institutions now complete

Department of Corrections

MADISON, Wis. — COVID-19 testing is more than halfway complete at state Department of Corrections institutions, according to a news release Monday.

The latest numbers indicate that “a vast majority” of positive cases at DOC institutions have recovered. According to the department’s COVID-19 dashboard, a total of nine active cases remain as of Friday.

“The entire DOC staff and especially our Emergency Operations Center team took proactive steps to protect both staff members and the persons in our care,” said DOC Secretary Kevin Carr. “These latest numbers reflect the tremendous job they have done, so far.”

The DOC worked with the state Department of Health Services and Wisconsin National Guard to begin testing all staff and inmates May 12. On Friday, mass testing was completed at 22 of the DOC’s 37 facilities.

Over 12,000 inmates have been tested, with 268 results coming back positive. Of those positive cases, 261 have recovered. Six inmates still have active cases, and one person tested positive before their scheduled release.

Staffers have accounted for 66 positive cases, while three cases are still active.

The news release said DOC is working to expand video visitation for certain facilities, as a date to resume in-person visits has not been set.