NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — The outbreak of COVID-19 at the Vermont prison in Newport is continuing with 21 new cases, the Department of Corrections reported on Monday.

Nineteen of the new cases are among inmates at the Northern Vermont Correctional Facility and two among staff members.

There are currently 37 positive inmate cases and six positive staff cases at the facility.

The department says 100 inmates who had previously tested positive have recovered and been cleared to leave isolation. Four staff are expected to be medically cleared early this week.

“All of the new positive incarcerated cases came from one unit, which matches our experience with the virus,” Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker said in a statement. “Our team continues to do their level best to mitigate the spread across the facility.”

The Newport prison is being tested again Monday for the virus. It has been in full lockdown since receipt of the first positive results on Feb. 25.

Currently, the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury is also in full lockdown. All other state facilities are in modified lockdown.

The Newport outbreak began after one staff member and 21 inmates tested positive for the virus on Feb. 23.



On Monday the Vermont Department of Health reported 85 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to almost 17,000.

There were 29 hospitalized, including two in intensive care.

Vermont has had a total of 214 deaths from COVID-19 during the pandemic.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 100.71 new cases per day on Feb. 27 to 115.29 new cases per day on March 13.

The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 1.00 deaths per day on Feb. 27 to 0.86 deaths per day on March 13.