ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — New York State has temporarily suspended visitation at all state prisons due to rising COVID-19 cases among the incarcerated population, staff and the surrounding communities.
The suspension goes into effect on Wednesday at 3 p.m. According to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website, non-contact legal visits will still be allowed to continue under previously announced protocols.
In a statement, DOCCS said:
“The Department continues to work with our phone and tablet vendor as previously announced to ensure continued access to some free calls and secure messages each week. The Department will also make five free stamps available to the population for general correspondence.
We will continue to monitor the infection rates and resume visitation as soon as practical. We recognize that visitation is a vital part of family reunification and therefore, we will resume it when safe to do so.”
As of December 29, the following are confirmed COVID-19 cases in prisons across the state
Of the confirmed cases, 2,156 are now recovered and out of isolation.
According to the DOCCS website, 6 staff members, 21 incarcerated individuals, and 4 parolees have died from COVID-19 complications. However a note says the official cause of death is determined and release by the county Medical Examiner’s Office.