Saturday, November 26, 2022
Nov. 26, 2022

Linkedin Pinterest

COVID-19 outbreak ends at Larch Corrections Center

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

YACOLT — For the first time since early February, the Washington Department of Corrections reported no active COVID-19 cases at Larch Corrections Center, according to a Wednesday bulletin.

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 with 97 active cases.

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.

Support local journalism

Your tax-deductible donation to The Columbian’s Community Funded Journalism program will contribute to better local reporting on key issues, including homelessness, housing, transportation and the environment. Reporters will focus on narrative, investigative and data-driven storytelling.

Local journalism needs your help. It’s an essential part of a healthy community and a healthy democracy.

Community Funded Journalism logo