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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Guidance for Correctional & Detention Facilities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Guidance for Correctional & Detention Facilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities.” CDC, March 23, 2020.

This document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides interim guidance on the protection against the spread of COVID-19 in correctional and detention facilities, to ensure the continuation of essential public services and protection of the health and safety of incarcerated and detained persons, staff, and visitors. Topics covered in the guidance include:

  • Operational and communications preparations for COVID-19
  • Enhanced cleaning/disinfecting hygiene practices
  • Social distancing strategies to increase space between individuals in the facility
  • How to limit transmission from visitors
  • Infection control, screening of staff, incarcerated/detained individuals, and visitors
  • Medical isolation of confirmed and suspected cases and quarantine of contacts—both non-punitive separation of incarcerated/detained people to mitigate the spread of the disease
  • Healthcare evaluation of suspected cases (including testing for COVID-19), clinical care for confirmed and suspected cases, and considerations for persons at higher risk of severe disease from COVID-19

The CDC will update this guidance as needed, and as additional information becomes available. Be sure to visit the link below for the most updated version of the guidance.

Click here to view the guidance.
Click here to view the CDC resource page.
Click here to view FAQs for Correctional and Detention Facilities.

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