COVID-19 Management Updates

May 28, 2020

 

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 Regional Center for Border Health, Inc., 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 https://corrections.az.gov/adcrr-covid-19-dashboard.  For the latest regarding ADCRR COVID-19 management strategy, please also visit: https://corrections.az.gov/


 

May 8, 2020

 

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

(PHOENIX) –The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry is offering temporary video visitation beginning on Sunday, May 10, 2020, to coincide with Mother’s Day. This temporary program is intended to provide an opportunity for families to remain connected during the suspension of visitation that has been extended across all complexes through June 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Video visitation will be available to approved visitors and inmates who have visitation privileges. Inmates are eligible for one 15-minute video visit per week in order to allow as many inmates as possible to participate.  Initially, no fees are associated with the video visitations.

Visitors may schedule their appointments on Thursdays and Fridays for the following week. The current video visitation days are Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, with scheduling subject to time slot availability. Each tablet, along with headsets, will be cleaned and sanitized between visits.

Families and friends participating in video visitation must have a valid email address, access to a desktop/laptop or a cell phone equipped with camera/mic, and the latest version of the Google Meet app. A meeting invitation code will be provided by the complex.

Existing phone call and written letter privileges remain in place for inmates, along with two additional 15-minute phone calls per week, provided at no charge by CenturyLink, ADCRR’s phone and internet provider.

The latest data and COVID-19 Management Strategy Updates can be found on our website at https://corrections.az.gov/


 

May 1, 2020


ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

(PHOENIX) –The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry has updated the information on its website dashboard related to COVID-19. The dashboard will now include additional data reflecting the number of inmate deaths attributed to COVID-19 based upon the initial clinical conclusion of physicians and subsequently, the final forensic determination of the county medical examiner as those become available.

In addition, the dashboard will now reflect the number of ADCRR staff members who have reported having tested positive for COVID-19, as well as those staff members who have been medically cleared to return to work.

ADCRR is also revising previously reported data on the number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19. This revision is being made in order to ensure accuracy due to a handful of inmates who were tested more than once out of an abundance of caution. Inadvertently, a handful of tests were counted more than once (multiple tests for the same person were reported initially as individual positive cases). The revised data is now posted on ADCRR’s website.

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry is required by statute (A.R.S. § 11-593(B)(4)) to report all inmate deaths. The county Medical Examiner is required by statute (A.R.S. § 11-594(A)(2)) to conduct a death investigation and potential autopsy of all inmate deaths. Upon completion of the death investigation and any autopsy, the county Medical Examiner is required by statute (A.R.S. § 11-594(A)(3)(5)) to certify the cause and manner of death and to promptly execute a death certificate indicating the cause and manner of death.

The latest data and COVID-19 Strategic Management Updates can be found on our website at https://corrections.az.gov/.


 

April 10, 2020


ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

(Phoenix)—Effective today, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry is posting the latest COVID19 statistics on our website. The dashboard will provide statistics for statewide Arizona Prison Complexes and can be found at https://corrections.az.gov/.  It will be updated daily.  

The ADCRR will also continue to provide the latest updates related to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic on our website and on social media. 

Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 10, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

(Phoenix)—Effective April 13, 2020, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry will be extending the suspension of legal and non-legal visitation at all Arizona prison complexes for an additional 30 days, through May 13, 2020, at which time the suspension will be re-evaluated. The Department is taking this action to reduce the risk of the potential spread of COVID-19 within the prisons and its impact on staff and inmates.

The suspension of visitation includes non-contact visits and applies to facilities operated by the Department as well as third-party operated facilities. The existing Department policies for phone calls and written letters remain in effect. During this period, CenturyLink will continue to provide inmates with two additional 15-minute phone calls per week, free of charge.

The Department continues to implement its existing Communicable Disease and Infection Control protocols, remind staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, including washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and require employees to stay home if they are sick.

The Department appreciates everyone’s understanding and cooperation as we work together to protect the health and safety of our staff, the inmates in our care, and the communities we serve.

Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.
 


 

April 9, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) has been notified that an inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Arizona State Prison Complex - Florence.

To date, of the more than 42,000 ADCRR inmates, 68 inmates have been tested, 58 have tested negative, three are confirmed positive, and seven are pending.

Consistent with CDC guidance and ADCRR Infectious Disease Protocols, ADCRR continues to separate any inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms from the general population, for monitoring and appropriate follow-up care. Like many correctional systems nationwide, the department has experience managing infectious diseases at its facilities and is taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the inmate population.

The Department will continue to provide regular updates on our ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of COVID-19 within our facilities as well as inmates’ positive test results.
 

  Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 7, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) has been notified that two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. The first inmate has been housed at a community hospital since March 27, 2020 due to several non-Covid related symptoms. The inmate was found positive after having been previously tested twice with negative results while at the same community hospital where he currently remains.

ADCRR was also notified of an inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 at the Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility operated by Management and Training Corporation. The Marana facility is a minimum-custody third-party operator under contract with ADCRR. The facility provides custody and substance abuse treatment for 500 adult male inmates.

Both inmates are receiving appropriate medical care at their current locations.

 

Of the more than 42,000 ADCRR inmates, 60 have been tested, 48 have tested negative, 10 are pending and two have tested positive. Consistent with CDC guidance and ADCRR Infectious Disease Protocols, we continue to separate any inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms from the general population, for monitoring and appropriate follow-up care. Like many correctional systems nationwide, the department has experience managing infectious diseases at its facilities and is taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the inmate population. Following CDC guidelines, ADCRR also continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

 

The Department will continue to provide regular updates on our ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of COVID-19 within our facilities as well as inmates’ positive test results.

 

  Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 7, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

As part of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry response to the evolving CDC guidelines regarding face coverings, ADCRR will be distributing fabric face coverings to all employees over the next few days. On Friday, the CDC recommended that essential staff wear non-medical (non-PPE) cloth face coverings to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID19.

The face coverings are being made by inmates at Perryville, Douglas, and Florence complexes through the Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) garment program, which has been in operation for more than 30

years. The department is making enough so each employee will receive two face coverings. ACI, a division of the ADCRR, was developed more than 35 years ago to provide structured programming to create opportunities for offenders to develop marketable skills and strong work habits. ACI inmate programs allow inmates to be paid for their work.

Thus far, more than 8,000 face coverings have been made, with more being made over the coming weeks.

 

“This is a testament to the impact our ACI programs provide, and the contributions our inmate population makes in this time of need,” said David Shinn, ADCRR Director. “As our employees enter our complex facilities for work, the face coverings will provide an extra level of protection to reduce the risk of any potential spread to our inmate population. We also continue to encourage all employees and inmates to monitor themselves and others for COVID-19 symptoms, stay home if feeling ill, practice physical distancing whenever possible and remain vigilant in washing hands regularly. It will take all of us doing our part to protect those at high risk, and support keeping our employees and inmates safe and healthy.”

Of the more than 42,000 inmates in ADCRR custody and care, there are currently zero cases of COVID19. So far, 44 inmates have tested negative for COVID19, with eight COVID19 tests pending.

As part of ADCRR’s ongoing COVID19 Management Strategy, all employees entering Arizona prison complexes continue to undergo required health checks at each facility. Employees are sent home immediately if they are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms and are required to stay home if they are sick. Following guidelines consistent with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the CDC, ADCRR continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

In accordance with CDC guidance, ADCRR continues to separate from the general inmate population any inmates exhibiting flu-like symptoms for monitoring and appropriate follow-up care.
 

  Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 3, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

 

 

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

(PHOENIX)— In order to promptly implement the most recent CDC guidance, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) is recommending employees wear a non-medical (non-PPE) cloth face covering to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID- 19 while conducting essential business. This recommendation includes employees reporting for duty across the Department.

Additionally, ADCRR will continue to follow the recommendations by the CDC regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for incarcerated/detained individuals and staff in a correctional facility.

Of the more than 42,000 inmates in ADCRR custody and care, there are zero cases of COVID-

19. So far, 39 inmates have tested negative for COVID-19, with five COVID-19 tests pending.

Consistent with this new CDC guidance, ADCRR will continue to provide medical masks for healthcare workers and employees in direct contact with individuals who exhibit active flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms.

Consistent with the CDC guidance and ADCRR Infectious Disease Protocols, ADCRR continues to separate any inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms from the general population for monitoring and appropriate follow-up care.

As part of the ADCRR’s COVID-19 Management Strategy, we continue to require all employees entering Arizona prison complexes undergo an Infectious Disease Symptoms Check at each facility. Employees are sent home immediately if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Following guidelines consistent with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the CDC, ADCRR continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus, including regular hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick.
 

  Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 1, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

(PHOENIX)— Of the more than 42,000 inmates currently housed in ADCRR custody and care, there are no known cases of the COVID-19. Of those inmates evaluated for flu-like symptoms, 34 inmates have been tested for COVID-19, 29 are negative, and 5 test results are currently pending.

 

As there are limited PPE supplies across the country for law enforcement, first responders, and healthcare providers, we do not want to consume these critical supplies unnecessarily. At this point in the pandemic, our posture continues to focus on presentation of symptoms which has been effective in managing the situation to this point. According to CDC recommendations, masks should be worn by patients with active virus symptoms during transportation to monitoring sites and those providers at healthcare facilities directly treating those patients. As the situation dictates, PPE is available for all employees to appropriately respond. This procedure and protocol matches the ADCRR direction for meeting all infectious disease threats encountered in the correctional environment. The best advice by the CDC and ADHS is to wash hands frequently and wipe down common areas with properly mixed disinfectant spray. Should CDC guidelines change, ADCRR will adapt our posture to meet those new directives.

 

For decades, the department has been well prepared to manage infectious diseases and uniquely positioned to manage the even greater threat of airborne illnesses which include tuberculosis.

 

“I am tremendously grateful for the great work the men and women of ADCRR do each day across the department to protect the community and do our part to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said ADCRR Director, David Shinn.

 

Additional proactive measures ADCRR has taken in planning a response to this pandemic include suspending inmate visitation, routinely checking staff for flu-like symptoms, suspending outside work details, isolation of inmates experiencing flu like symptoms, suspension of routine inmate movement, and finalizing measures to strategically control admissions to the entire state correctional system of more than 42,000 offenders.


 

March 30, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

(PHOENIX)— As a further proactive measure to combat the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in Arizona’s prisons, ADCRR has reached a collective agreement with Sheriffs in all 15 counties to temporarily suspend admissions of convicted persons from county jails for 21 days, followed by subsequent 21-day cycles of prudent admissions. This emergency measure was spearheaded by ADCRR Director, David Shinn, in collaboration with each Sheriff as part of ADCRR’s continued efforts to prevent the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“Today is another example of how law enforcement agencies across the State are working together to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus while maintaining public safety,” said ADCRR Director, David Shinn. “I want to thank all 15 Sheriffs for their commitment and partnership. In particular, I also want to thank Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, for their exemplary leadership in this collaborative law enforcement effort.”

Currently, there are no known COVID-19 cases at any of ADCRR’s 16 prison complexes which house more than 42,000 inmates.
 

Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

March 25, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 MANAGEMENT STRATEGY UPDATE

 

(Phoenix)— In response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, ADCRR will immediately pull back all off-site, work crews until national and local public health experts consider the COVID- 19 virus no longer a threat. The female crew working at Hickman’s Family Farm will be temporarily housed on-site and away from the Perryville prison.

 

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry has been a proud partner with Hickman’s Family Farm for 25 years. This partnership provides job skills for offenders. It also ensures a stable supply of Hickman’s eggs for Arizona’s communities. Food products, such as eggs, have been determined nationally to be a part of our nation’s critical infrastructure.

 

ADCRR and Hickman’s have partnered on a plan to temporarily house approximately 140 female inmates onsite at Hickman’s for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency to control the potential spread of COVID-19 to thousands of other inmates. The inmates have already been working each day at Hickman’s under ADCRR and Hickman’s supervision.

 

“Many of these women inmates perform critical tasks related to the raising of baby chicks. Besides daily care, they also perform most of the tasks of vaccination,” said Glenn Hickman, President of Hickman’s Family Farm. “Their proper care today ensures an uninterrupted food supply tomorrow. It has been our family’s privilege to help thousands of inmates learn life skills that keep them productive members of society, well after they leave this program.”

 

The inmates, from Perryville, are classified as minimum custody, which means they represent a low risk to the public and staff. This is the same classification of inmates that have been working at this location for years. These inmates will be closely monitored and supervised by correctional officers and Hickman’s at all times. They will be housed in one location, with all necessary accommodations and security measures. Once the declared COVID-19 emergency has passed, these inmates will return to their housing location at Perryville.

 

“Our Department is focused on ensuring the health and safety of all inmates, officers and staff,” said ADCRR Director David Shinn. “The decision to temporarily house inmates at Hickman’s is necessary to ensure a stable food supply while also protecting public health and the health of those in our custody.”

 

ADCRR currently has no known confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. Six inmates have been tested for the virus and results are pending. We continue to take proactive measures to protect our staff and inmates against any potential spread within the prisons, which includes reducing and suspending work crews that work outside the prison complexes.


 

March 23, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID‐19 MANAGEMENT STRATEGY UPDATE

(Phoenix)— While the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry currently has no known confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, we continue to take proactive measures to protect our staff and inmates against any potential spread. All ADCRR staff and inmates continue to be evaluated daily for any flu or allergy-like symptoms at prison complex facilities. Six inmates have been tested for the virus and results are pending. Inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms are being closely monitored and cared for appropriately in a separate area to reduce the risk of transmission.

ADCRR has implemented a number of measures to defend against the spread of COVID-19 virus in the complexes. Some of these include: suspending all visitations, stopping routine internal movement of inmates across all Arizona prisons, and requiring all employees entering Arizona prison complexes to undergo an infectious disease symptoms evaluation.

ADCRR is sending out work crews on a limited and as needed basis, and will continue to evaluate active inmate work crews, including temperature checks, as they return to the complex each day. Numbers and frequency of inmate work crews are being significantly reduced.

ADCRR continues to follow mandatory industry standards as set forth by the American Correctional Association. ADCRR also follows the National Commission on Correctional Health Care guidelines through our audit process.

Following guidelines consistent with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), ADCRR continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting the virus, including regular hand washing, sanitizing common surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and encouraging employees to stay home if they are sick.

For the latest ADCRR COVID-19 Management Strategy updates, please visit: https://corrections.az.gov


 

March 20, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 UPDATE

 

(Phoenix)— While the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry currently has no known confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, we continue to take proactive measures to protect our staff and inmates against any potential spread. ADCRR continues to follow mandatory industry standards as set forth by the American Correctional Association. ADCRR also follows the National Commission on Correctional Health Care guidelines through our audit process.

 

All ADCRR staff and inmates continue to be evaluated daily for any flu or allergy-like symptoms at prison complex facilities.

 

Centurion, ADCRR’s healthcare vendor, is working closely with ADCRR leadership to address any inmates who have flu-like symptoms.

 

“Centurion is committed to providing high-quality care in accordance with best practices and professional standards to ensure the health of incarcerated individuals. In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Centurion follows the established guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and public health officials to protect the health of those living and working in prisons and jails,” said Wendy Orm, M.D., Centurion’s statewide medical director. “Centurion

maintains a strong partnership with the Departments of Corrections and local health departments to ensure our staff is prepared to quickly identify, isolate, and manage the risk of contagious illness in the correctional facilities that we serve. We understand that education, vigilant adherence to established policies, and proper personal hygiene practices are key to limiting the spread of infection in healthcare environments. Centurion has provided training on COVID-19 to our staff, and continues to update information and take additional precautions as necessary.”


 

March 18, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

 

COVID‐19 Management Strategy Update

 

(PHOENIX) – The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) has taken and is taking the following immediate preemptive and precautionary actions as part of its ongoing COVID‐19 Management Strategy to protect the health and safety of its employees and the inmates in its care.

These are ADCRR’s latest proactive measures to defend against the potential spread of the COVID‐19 virus. They will not be the last.

 

While the threat of COVID‐19 is new, ADCRR has for decades developed and implemented plans to manage incidents of infectious disease in a correctional environment involving inmates who are often medically fragile. ADCRR’s robust infectious disease protocols are continuously tested with new inmate admissions involving tuberculosis or symptoms associated with the common flu, scabies, chicken pox, or other droplet or airborne spread infectious disease. ADCRR is one of the only non‐hospital settings with negative pressure rooms to treat and isolate those with airborne infectious diseases.

 

“The health and safety of our staff and inmates at the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry is our paramount concern,” said David Shinn, Director of ADCRR. “In managing this situation, our two top priorities are safety and public health as we work to mitigate the potential spread of COVID‐19 within our prisons.”

 

ADCRR has implemented and is implementing the following measures to defend against the spread of the COVID‐19 virus:

 

  • While ADCRR currently has no confirmed cases of the COVID‐19 virus, Director David Shinn has taken proactive measures to protect the public safety and well‐being of all ADCRR employees and inmates by suspending contact and non‐contact legal and non‐legal visitation of inmates throughout the prison system.

 

  • Effective immediately, a $4‐copay that inmates pay for health care services is being waived for those who are experiencing flu or cold‐like symptoms.

 

  • Until such time as the COVID‐19 Emergency Declaration has expired, ADCRR will provide free hand soap to all inmates upon request, effective immediately. As recommended by ADHS, frequent handwashing remains the preferred method of virus prevention.

 

  • Effective immediately, ADCRR has stopped all routine internal movement of inmates across all Arizona Prison Complexes. Specialty needs for inmate movements will be evaluated on a case‐ by‐case basis. External medical needs will continue based on provider availability.

 

  • Effective yesterday, all inmate classes provided by local community colleges are suspended.
  • Effective this week, Wardens at each Arizona prison complex are initiating a weekly deep cleaning of all facilities. Wardens are also taking part in regular ongoing meetings with ADCRR leadership to ensure robust availability of soap, paper towels, hygiene items, and cleaning agents for both inmates and staff.

 

  • Effective immediately, ADCRR is requiring all employees entering Arizona prison complexes to undergo an Infectious Disease Symptoms Check that includes a series of health questions. In partnership with ADCRR’s inmate healthcare vendor, Centurion, ADCRR staff will be checked for symptoms of COVID‐19 continuously as they enter each facility. Inmate work crews are already being screened as they depart and re‐enter all prison complex facilities.

 

  • On Monday, CenturyLink, ADCRR’s phone and internet provider, began offering inmates two 15‐ minute phone calls per week at no charge, in addition to the existing phone call and written letter privileges. Thus far, CenturyLink has reported that 6,339 free calls have been made on the system. ADCRR is grateful for CenturyLink’s recognition of this public health emergency and its generous response to lessen the burden on staff and inmates alike. ADCRR is exploring potential video visitation options so that inmates may remain in close contact with family members.

 

Following guidelines consistent with the Arizona Department of Health Services, ADCRR continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting the COVID‐19 virus, including washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and encouraging employees to stay home if they are sick. ADCRR also will continue to provide updates on additional COVID‐19 measures being taken to protect the safety and well‐being of its staff and the inmates. For the latest regarding ADCRR’s COVID‐19 management strategy, please also visit: https://corrections.az.gov/.


 

March 13, 2020


Arizona Department of Corrections, Reentry and Rehabilitation Announces New Actions To Mitigate COVID-19 Risk

 

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry announced today that visitation at all Arizona prison complexes will be suspended for 30 days, effective immediately, after which time the suspension will be re-evaluated. With additional cases of COVID-19 expected in Arizona, the Department is taking this action to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 within our prisons and its impact on staff and inmates, as well as to ensure the continued effective operation of the state correctional system in the service of public safety. This is a proactive step, and the Department currently does not have any confirmed cases within our community.

 

 

“My top priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our employees, inmates and those that visit our complexes,” said Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry Director David Shinn. “Following similar steps taken at the federal level, this action aims to mitigate the risk COVID-19 poses for our facilities. We will continue to coordinate closely with Arizona’s public health officials as this situation evolves and communicate measures taken to protect the health of our community members.”

 

 

The suspension of visitation includes non-contact visits and applies to facilities operated by the Department as well as third-party operated facilities. Our policies for phone calls and written letters remain in effect, and inmates will have access to two 15-minute phone calls per week free of charge during this period. We will continue to post updates about the Department’s response to COVID-19 on our website. For more information and the latest updates on COVID-19, please visit the Arizona Department of Health Services at AZHealth.gov/COVID19.

 

 

In addition to this step, the Department continues to implement our existing Communicable Disease and Infection Control protocols. We are communicating with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, including washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes and encouraging employees to stay home if they are sick.

 

 

The Department appreciates everyone’s understanding and cooperation to protect the health and safety of our staff, the inmates in our care and the communities we serve.

 

 

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