New York prisons resuming visitation with new safety guidelines

Visitation is resuming at New York prisons this week, and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) has released new guidelines to follow to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Posted: Aug 5, 2020 12:21 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2020 5:43 PM

Visitation is resuming at New York prisons this week, and the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) has released new guidelinesto prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Maximum-security prisons started to allow visitors on Wednesday, while local prisons like Marcy, Mid-State and Mohawk correctional facilities will start permitting visitors on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Some of the new guidelines include:

  • Keeping visiting rooms at half capacity
  • Requiring face masks
  • Screenings and temperature checks
  • No physical contact, other than a short hug at the start and end of each visit
  • Limit of three visitors, and one child per visit

Any inmates in quarantine with the virus will not be allowed visitors until they are determined to be recovered.

According to the central region vice president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), Bryan Hluska, there are no current cases of coronavirus at the Marcy, Mid-State or Mohawk facilities.

Below is the full reopening plan fact sheet released by DOCCS:

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 449038

Reported Deaths: 33081
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens715777243
Kings669717315
Bronx525264939
Nassau461542201
Suffolk460102011
Westchester377551454
New York330113173
Richmond157131085
Rockland14801675
Orange11790498
Erie10917689
Monroe5876289
Dutchess5053153
Onondaga4201205
Albany3006134
Oneida2373123
Ulster223995
Niagara1714101
Putnam157363
Sullivan157048
Broome145969
Schenectady137748
Saratoga99017
Rensselaer89642
Columbia58037
Chautauqua5369
Madison48617
Ontario45635
Oswego4243
Tompkins3940
Warren35633
Steuben34442
Fulton33224
Otsego3255
Orleans32354
Chemung3223
Greene31918
Herkimer31910
St. Lawrence3154
Genesee3145
Wayne3095
Washington28714
Cattaraugus2536
Chenango2487
Montgomery2234
Tioga22225
Livingston2018
Cayuga1962
Jefferson1610
Essex1580
Cortland1550
Clinton1545
Wyoming1325
Delaware1304
Seneca1053
Allegany961
Schoharie830
Franklin640
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler370
Hamilton150
Unassigned016
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