The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recommend that extensive activities be put in place to slow the spread of respiratory virus infections (such as COVID-19) and to minimize their impact and protect the most vulnerable populations. Correctional and detention facilities face unique challenges for controlling COVID-19 transmission among incarcerated persons, staff, and visitors, as these facilities can include a range of components (e.g., custody, housing, healthcare, food service, recreation, education) in a single physical setting. These facilities must continue to take precautions while community spread of COVID-19 continues, even as other settings begin to loosen restrictions.
- Questions specific to COVID-19 concerns for the Virginia Department of Corrections can be addressed to COVID19Inquiries@vadoc.virginia.gov.
Setting Specific Resources:
- VDH Guidance for Public Health Prioritization of COVID-19 Point Prevalence Surveys (8/19/20)
- CDC Interim Considerations for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Correctional and Detention Facilities
- Visit the VDH FAQ page and search for Correctional Facilities and COVID-19.
- (UPDATED) VDH Table of COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations for Non-Healthcare Congregate Settings (5/5/21)
- CDC Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities
- CDC FAQs for Correctional and Detention Facilities