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COVID-19 outbreak ends at Larch Corrections Center

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: March 24, 2022, 6:01am

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.