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Idaho private prison has Norovirus outbreak

Idaho’s privately operated prison south of Boise, the Idaho Correctional Center, has confirmed that inmates there have contracted the Norovirus, after a flurry of stomach flu was reported there. The facility has been washed down with bleach and inmates are on lockdown; click below to read the full press release from Corrections Corporation of America, the company that runs the prison.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2010

INMATES HOUSED AT ICC CONFIRMED TO HAVE NOROVIRUS
Test results from cultures sent to the health department confirm norivirus.

Boise, Idaho – Cultures sent to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare confirm that inmates housed at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC) have contracted the Norovirus.  Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause the “stomach flu” or gastroenteritis in humans.

Medical staff continues to work closely with the Health Department and the Idaho Department of Correction to ensure all necessary precautions are being taken to contain the spread of the illness. Affected inmates are being monitored by medical staff and encouraged to drink plenty of water in order to avoid dehydration. Staff and inmates are being reminded of proper hygiene practices, which include frequent hand-washing. The entire facility has been washed down with bleach to clean and sanitize to further protect staff and inmates.

Visitation will be closed beginning on Friday, February 12 and will remain closed until such time it is determined that there is no further threat of illness. The only visits allowed during this time are pre-approved special visits that have already been scheduled. The situation will be re-assessed on a daily basis to determine when the facility will re-open to visitors.

Inmates housed at ICC are in lockdown status, which means that movement is restricted to within their respective housing areas. Inmates do have access to phones during this time.

CCA, which operates the 2,104-bed facility located south of Boise, is committed to taking appropriate action to ensure a safe and secure facility for staff, inmates, and visitors.


About ICC and CCA
Opened in 2000, the Idaho Correctional Center is a 2,104-bed medium security facility located south of Boise and operated by CCA through a partnership with the Idaho Department of Corrections. CCA is the nation’s leader in partnership corrections and currently operates more than 60 partnership facilities, including 44 that are company-owned, with a total design capacity of approximately 87,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

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