- Rich Klein
PRISON VISITATIONS SUSPENDED STATEWIDE AS CORRECTIONS DEPT. NOTES SIGNIFICANT SURGE IN COVID
ALBANY - In a memo obtained by The SullivanTimes, the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has acknowledged the spread of COVID-19 among inmates, staff "and the surrounding communities and therefore has suspended visitations statewide beginning Wednesday.
The memo, dated December 28, was sent from Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci to all prison superintendents.
"Unfortunately, as a result of the significant increase in COVID-19 infections among the incarcerated population, staff and the surrounding communities, visitation again will be temporarily suspended statewide, effective Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 3 pm," the memo said. "Non-contact legal visits will be allowed to continue under previously announced protocols. "
Meanwhile, after reporting 142 positive cases at Woodbourne Correctional Facility as of December 24, there has not been an update on data from the Corrections Department since then. A spokesman for the Department told The SullivanTimes, though, that the data should be updated by 3 pm today.