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COVID outbreak at Larch Corrections Center down to 2 cases

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
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YACOLT — A COVID-19 outbreak at Larch Corrections Center that peaked at 97 active cases among incarcerated individuals last month had dropped to two cases as of Wednesday, according to the state Department of Corrections. There were no active cases among staff.

The minimum-security prison near Yacolt was placed on facilitywide outbreak status Feb. 7 after four inmates in the living unit tested positive. The outbreak peaked on Feb. 18.

To date, 416 incarcerated individuals and 71 staff members have tested positive at Larch, according to the DOC. The majority of those cases came during an outbreak in late 2020, when more than 90 percent of the inmate population tested positive.

In February, the most recent data available, Larch’s average daily population was 203, with a capacity of 240.

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