Clallam Bay prison outbreak grows to over 160 cases

<p><p>CLALLAM BAY, Wash. — A COVID-19 outbreak at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center continues to grow, according to health officials.</p></p><p><p>The outbreak at the prison on the Olympic Peninsula northwest of Seattle began in early August with five staff members, The Peninsula Daily News <a href=”” target=”—blank”>reported</a>. The state Department of Corrections dashboard shows it had grown to 55 staff members and 107 inmates as of late September.</p></p><p><p>The dashboard also shows the people lodged at the facility as of last Saturday had a higher rate of full vaccination at over 50% than the staff at nearly 41%.</p></p><p><p>Dr. Allison Berry, health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties, said there’s been an uptick in vaccination demand by prison staff this week, as the vaccine mandate compliance date approaches.</p></p><p><p>Rachel Ericson, deputy communications director for the DOC, said this week that no one in custody with COVID-19 at Clallam Bay has been hospitalized but three staff members have been.</p></p><p><p>“Clallam Bay Corrections Center, like all Washington State correctional and work release facilities, follows the WA State DOC COVID-19 Screening, Testing and Infection Control Guidelines protocols to safely house COVID-19-positive incarcerated individuals separately from healthy individuals,” Ericson wrote.</p></p><p><p>Berry said she’s received reports that mask-wearing among staff members has been intermittent despite state regulations requiring it. Ericson didn’t return phone calls from the newspaper for further comment regarding prevention protocols.</p></p>