Coyote Ridge prison complex placed on restricted movement to curb COVID-19 spread

The Department of Corrections announced Wednesday the Medium Security Complex at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center is on restricted movement in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

As of Wednesday, 30 staff and an additional 71 inmates had tested positive for the virus at the facility. 

There are currently 33 people in isolation who have shown symptoms, and 1,815 people in quarantine. 

According to the Washington State DOC, limited access to medical resources is one reason for the decision. The closest team of EMS professionals and hospitals is one hour away from the facility. 

“The health and safety of Corrections staff, the incarcerated individuals, and the citizens in the community remains our top priority,” said Corrections Secretary Stephen Sinclair.

The department has deployed additional medical staff to help current Coyote Ridge Corrections Center staff care for those infected. 

The Minimum Security Unit will continue to operate as is. 

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