York County Prison COVID-19 cases continue to drop

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

York County Prison's COVID-19 outbreak continues to drop.

That's according to Warden Adam Ogle, who said 33 inmates had tested positive as of Monday morning.

"If all goes well, we will be in the teens by the end of the week," Ogle said via email.

With 964 inmates at the prison, 33 represents just 3% of the population.

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The prison first went into lockdown the week before Thanksgiving. At one time, more than one in seven inmates had COVID-19. 

READ MORE: COVID cases down 61% at York County Prison since outbreak

As cases drop, new policies are being put into place at the prison, Ogle said.

READ MORE: Modified lockdown coming at York County Prison

That includes allowing all inmates in "clean" units that have no COVID-19 cases to resume in-person visits and normal travel. Inmates in these units must test negative for COVID-19 twice or be fully recovered from a past infection.

READ MORE: One in seven York County Prison inmates had COVID-19: Warden

For inmates who have tested positive, travel is allowed only in emergency situations. That includes necessary medical visits, court-related matters that cannot be postponed or done at the prison, and releases.

The lockdown is being examined weekly as long as there are cases in the prison.

To find out if an inmate is in a clean unit and thereby eligible to visit, call 717-840-7580 and ask to speak to the records department.

Matt Enright can be reached via email at menright@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.