First Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Found at Regional Correctional Center in Nome
Anvil Mountain Correctional Center [AMCC] saw its first documented cases of COVID-19 earlier this month, on November 5th and 14th.
According to the Department of Corrections’ spokesperson, Sarah Gallagher, three patients at AMCC have tested positive for the disease. On November 5th, two Kotzebue-area residents while being transferred to AMCC tested positive as part of the DOC’s COVID-19 mitigation policies.
AMCC’s incoming inmates receive a COVID-19 rapid test and quarantine in separated groups for fourteen days before being released into the general population.
On November 14th, the facility identified another positive case with the intake of another inmate, this time from the Nome area.
According to the DOC, the individuals who tested positive were isolated and every resident of their quarantine module is considered a close contact. Gallagher reports that all of the close contacts were tested and began another round of quarantine for 14 days.
All of the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 at AMCC were reportedly asymptomatic. The two cases from November 5th are considered recovered while the November 14th case is still in isolation.
Image at top: The outer perimeter fence at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center with some inmates working on projects inside the fence. Photo in the public domain via the Department of Corrections website. (https://doc.alaska.gov/blog/akdoctoday/category/anvil-mountain-correctional-center/)