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Northwest State Correctional Facility
A Department of Corrections employee at Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton has tested positive for the coronavirus, the department said Wednesday evening.
The staffer is Vermont's second prison employee to be diagnosed. No inmates have tested positive. Unlike the first case, which involved an administrative employee at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, this staffer had some access to inmates, the department said in a press release.
The employee last worked inside the prison on March 25 and began showing COVID-19 symptoms on March 29.
On Wednesday, Attorney General T.J. Donovan issued nonbinding guidance intended to reduce "unnecessary incarceration." The recommendations came a day after state lawmakers scrapped a proposal that would have let judges reduce sentences during the public health emergency.