2 inmates at Marcy Correctional Facility in isolation with coronavirus, others quarantined

Two inmates at Marcy Correctional Facility have tested positive for coronavirus and are in isolation, according to James Miller, director of public relations for the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association.

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 1:28 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2020 5:24 PM

MARCY, N.Y. – Two inmates at Marcy Correctional Facility have tested positive for coronavirus and are in isolation, according to James Miller, director of public relations for the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association.

Miller says there are no confirmed cases at Midstate Correctional Facility in Marcy or Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome, but there are four people in quarantine, two at each prison.

There are also 14 people in quarantine at Marcy Correctional Facility.

Tammy Sawchuk, the executive vice president of NYSCOPBA, said the union has been pushing to stop transfers to limit the spread of the virus, but the state took too much time to take action.

"NYSCOPBA was out in front of that immediately to stop the transports of non essential movement from prison to prison from the downstate area to the upstate area," she said. "That has stopped for the most part now, but the state dragged their feet on that -- they dragged their feet on stopping the transport, dragged their feet stopping the visitation, volunteers coming in...and i think that's a direct result of what we're seeing right now."

NYSCOPBA announced earlier Monday that the union president, Michael Powers, has also tested positive for coronavirus.

Representatives from NYSCOPBA are asking that the state provide PPE to corrections officers and other staff to prevent the spread of the virus. They also want to limit transfers and take other precautionary measures to protect prison employees and inmates.

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County data is updated nightly.

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Reported Deaths: 29484
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