Goose Creek Correctional Center

The Goose Creek Correctional Center.

POINT MACKENZIE — After an inmate at Alaska’s largest prison tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 28, Goose Creek Correctional Center has seen the largest prison coronavirus outbreak in Alaska.

On Nov. 20, the Alaska Department of Corrections reported that 219 inmates had tested positive to date. Goose Creek was the first prison to have an inmate test positive this spring and a Goose Creek inmate became the first inmate death due to COVID-19 on Nov. 22. As of Wednesday, DOC reports that 150 inmates are considered active and 129 more are considered recovered. There are three inmates who have been hospitalized due to COVID-19.

“Facility wide testing is happening at Goose Creek to identify any positive cases that may have been undetected at this time,” wrote DOC Public Information Officer Sarah Gallagher. “Staff are instructed to seek testing in the community.”

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