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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Department of Corrections monitoring pandemic status, outbreak management

The DOC addressed transfer, testing concerns during a live-streamed call last week


September 10, 2020

WALLA WALLA—Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) has been diligently changing policies to safeguard employees and incarcerated individuals against the COVID-19 virus.

In Walla Walla, The Washington State Penitentiary has had 134 incarcerated individuals test positive for the coronavirus with zero deaths. Twelve staff members have tested positive. The outbreak was contained in one housing unit, and the facility continues to test all staff coming into the penitentiary, as well as regular tests for incarcerated individuals and testing and quarantine for all intakes. As of Friday...

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