7 more virus cases confirmed at corrections center

Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald


JASPER — Dubois County Community Corrections found out Saturday that an additional seven people in its facility have the coronavirus. None were staff members.

“Well, certainly, certainly we’re hoping that after the [Indiana State Department of Health]  strike team came in, that there will be no new positives,” Circuit Judge Nathan Verkamp, president of the community corrections board, said Monday afternoon. “We certainly weren’t that fortunate.”

The people who did test positive are quarantined at the corrections facility, Department Director Megan Durlauf said Monday. “They are staying here in our facility so that we can isolate them and it doesn’t spread to the community. We have an additional six individuals who are negative who are staying here, for a variety of reasons, like a lack of housing or couldn’t be effectively monitored in the community.”

More than 30 people at the community corrections center were tested on Thursday.

A total of 14 participants remain at the corrections facility, including the original person who was positive. The other participants are on home detention with GPS monitoring. “So we were able to move out a lot of our individuals who tested negative,” Durlauf said, “so that we could keep them safe and slow the spread.”

County criminal justice officials met Saturday to determine which participants would move to the home detention monitoring.

Durlauf praised Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, who sent nurses to help with the testing.

“Memorial was great. I’m very thankful for them,” Durlauf said. “The state sent the test kits and two additional nurses from Indiana State Department of Health came up from Evansville. We set them up in the conference room and we processed everybody through. And they tested everybody. It was a very fast process.”

Verkamp said that he appreciated the collaboration with the state and local officials throughout the process. “There was a lot of support from a lot of people,” he said.

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