More cases reported at Green River Correctional Complex as state takes more steps

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (WEHT) As the number of positive cases increase at the Green River Correctional Complex in Muhlenberg County, state officials announce their next steps after testing at the prison.

For people living near the complex just outside Central City, the increasing number of cases is cause for some concern.

“I have a 3-year-old, and it kinds of makes me a little worried for that purpose,” said Chelsey Lacefield. “I know the numbers are growing a lot and people are taking it home to their families, and their families are being quarantined.”

“It’s kind of a bad situation for them because they don’t have the facilities to meet the minimum requirements, 6 foot distances and those kinds of things,” adds Rick Davenport.

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 70 new cases at the prison this past weekend, most from inmates. The department reported 15 new cases Monday- 13 inmates and one staff member at Green River and one case in the community.

State officials say they tested nearly 900 inmates and staffers at Green River last week. Governor Andy Beshear says they expect to have up to 120 more positive cases and an additional death stemming from last week’s testing.

70 new COVID-19 cases reported at Green River Correctional Complex

“I think they’re trying to deal with it as best as they can. They got a bad situation and they’re dealing with it as best as they can,” said Davenport.

Secretary of the Executive Cabinet J. Michael Brown says they’ll work to divide the prison population to three housing groups. One for those who tested positive, those who were negative but no direct exposure and those who are medically vulnerable.

“I know it’s been a very difficult situation for everyone at Green River, but I want to commend all of those, particularly our correction workers and the inmates who cooperated to the health and well being of everyone there,” he said during Monday’s press conference.

Brown adds they’ll try to bring in more thermal thermometers to measure temperatures of staff and inmates.

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(This story was originally published on May 4, 2020)

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