TRENTON, NJ – The Mercer County Correction Center announced Monday that the facility is being designated “outbreak” status by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) after eight inmates and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. All inmates who have tested positive have been quarantined to the Medical Social Distance Unit for observation and treatment.
Employees who have tested positive are on leave. A total of 205 employees have been tested
As with all COVID-19 cases, contact tracing will occur and additional precautionary screenings will be conducted for all inmates who had been housed on the same unit as the individual testing positive. Beginning Monday, all inmates are being tested for COVID-19 and health officers anticipate a significant number will come back as positive for COVID-19, as has been the case in institutions and congregate living quarters statewide and nationally.
There have been no COVID-19 related deaths at the jail.
An outbreak is defined as an occurrence of disease greater than would otherwise be expected at a particular time and place, and as a result of the designation, the Correction Center will be required to take direction from NJDOH and the local health officer.
Since March, visitor restrictions have been in place at the facility. Additionally, the facility actively screens for fever and respiratory symptoms in all staff and contractors as well as inmates and individuals coming into the facility at intake. The jail continues to follow the guidance provided by DOH as it relates to the safety of employees and inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mercer County Correction Center’s current daily population is approximately 300, and the jail has capacity for approximately 850. Physical distancing continues to be stressed to employees and inmates across the facility.
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