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COVID-19 cases still on the increase at Larch Corrections Center

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

YACOLT — The Washington Department of Corrections reported Friday there are 97 active COVID-19 cases among incarcerated individuals at Larch Corrections Center. The number of active cases among staff — six — has remained the same since Monday.

The minimum-security prison near Yacolt was placed on facilitywide outbreak status Feb. 7 after four inmates in the living unit tested positive. Incarcerated individuals who test positive are being temporarily relocated to the prison’s Elkhorn Unit to help stop the virus’s spread, according to the department.

On Wednesday, the DOC reported 55 active cases among incarcerated individuals.

To date, 380 incarcerated individuals and 68 staff members have tested positive, according to the DOC. The majority of those cases came during an outbreak in late 2020, with more than 90 percent of the inmate population testing positive.

In December, the most recent data available, Larch’s average daily population was 222, with a capacity of 240.

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