ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY
COVID-19 Management Strategy Update
(PHOENIX) – The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry today announced enhanced COVID-19 PCR testing at Arizona State Prison Complex (ASPC) in Yuma, part of a statewide plan to provide testing to all correctional officers and prison employees. As part of Governor Ducey’s work to expand COVID-19 testing across Arizona, the Department is working to prioritize serology testing for all correctional officers in addition to this PCR program in Yuma.
Starting Tuesday through Thursday, May 28, COVID-19 PCR swab testing is taking place through an onsite mobile testing process at the Yuma complex so ADCRR’s hard working men and women do not have to travel to off-site testing locations. More than 1,200 staff members including 890 correctional officers as well as contract employees at the facility are able to participate. The testing is being conducted by the., based in Somerton, Arizona, following a partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Senator Lisa Otondo, Representative Charlene Fernandez and Representative Geraldine Peten.
“This is an exceptional bipartisan example of people coming together in service for the greater good in providing COVID-19 testing to our brave frontline men and women who continue to define public service throughout the pandemic,” said David Shinn, Director of ADCRR. “I wish to thank Sen. Otondo for reaching out regarding staff-wide testing at Yuma and also wish to thank ADHS director, Dr. Cara Christ and Representatives Fernandez and Peten along with Amanda Aguirre, President and CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health for their collaboration.”
“I’m thrilled that LD4 Democrats were able to collaborate with the Arizona Department of Corrections, Director Shinn and the Regional Center for Border Health to bring 1,000 COVID Tests to Yuma Prison. Amanda Aguirre and her staff stepped up and stepped forward to help. Words are not enough to describe how deeply grateful I am to Amanda and her staff for the life-saving work they are doing in Arizona,” said Senator Otondo.
ADCRR maintains a vigilant posture with rigorous ongoing symptom checks across all of its state complexes including temperature checks for everyone entering facilities. COVID-19 data continues to be updated on ADCRR’s dashboard at. For the latest regarding ADCRR COVID-19 management strategy, please also visit:.