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The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC), in conjunction with Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), are closely monitoring developments associated with COVID-19.

FDC is closely aligned with the CDC Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities.

FDC is committed to providing accurate data regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases within the inmate population in its correctional institutions and within the employee sector that has contact with the inmate or offender population. These numbers are updated frequently on our website.

Press Releases

FDC Visitation Announcement: Secretary Inch Announces Plans for the Resumption of Visitation at Florida’s Correctional Institutions | September 11, 2020
FDC Extends Visitation Suspension at Correctional Institutions Statewide | August 18, 2020
FDC Secretary, Deputy Secretary Test Positive for COVID-19| July 31, 2020
UPDATED - FDC Public Announcement: Complimentary Communication Credits | July 16, 2020
A Second Message to Families | April 10, 2020
FDC Resumes Inmate Intakes, Establishes Protocols to Protect Population | April 3, 2020

To see more COVID-19 FDC Press Releases and Announcements, please visit our Newsroom.

COVID-19 Statistics

Updated:
12/02/20
COVID-19 Inmate Status Information Staff Status Information
Facility Security Quarantine Medical Quarantine Medical Isolation Pending Tests Negative Tests Positive Tests Positive Tests
Apalachee CI 0 0 0 0 1660 169 57
Avon Park CI 0 0 0 0 1270 230 61
Baker CI 0 0 0 0 916 568 59
Bay CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
0 0 0 0 690 342 44
Blackwater CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
0 0 0 0 2251 152 29
Calhoun CI 0 3 3 0 1565 195 37
Century CI 0 2 0 0 748 773 44
CFRC 6 100 11 0 1998 279 96
Charlotte CI 0 0 0 0 1268 54 26
Columbia CI 0 0 0 0 797 1369 99
Cross City CI 0 0 0 0 1313 306 60
Dade CI 0 16 0 0 1483 99 174
Desoto Annex 0 0 1 1 1696 214 45
Everglades CI 0 0 0 0 2295 374 115
Florida State Prison 1 127 4 0 1811 152 77
FWRC 65 125 4 0 288 486 55
Franklin CI 0 0 0 0 890 322 46
Gadsden CF
Operated by MTC.*
0 157 0 0 1193 92 34
Gadsden Re-Entry Center 0 0 0 0 113 206 35
Graceville CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
19 87 0 0 1340 676 68
Gulf CI 0 0 0 0 949 264 43
Hamilton CI 0 16 2 0 2070 353 67
Hardee CI 1 0 0 0 1580 125 82
Hernando CI 0 0 0 0 3 0 7
Holmes CI 0 22 1 0 1141 174 42
Homestead CI 0 59 1 0 527 302 55
Jackson CI 0 1 1 0 1308 204 61
Jefferson CI 0 2 0 0 330 260 52
Lake CI 0 0 0 0 995 106 51
Lake City CF
Operated by CoreCivic.*
0 0 0 0 758 69 28
Lancaster CI 0 141 46 4 756 107 54
Lawtey CI 0 0 0 0 6 0 9
Liberty CI 0 0 0 0 1758 230 52
Lowell CI 7 0 1 0 1276 1005 82
Madison CI 0 0 0 0 1084 113 64
Marion CI 30 30 0 0 1124 313 37
Martin CI 41 0 0 0 1635 8 18
Mayo Annex 0 110 0 0 477 954 54
Moore Haven CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
0 33 0 0 761 182 39
New River CI 0 69 0 0 1046 104 30
NWFRC 164 153 15 0 1638 328 66
Okaloosa CI 0 54 2 0 1105 18 49
Okeechobee CI 48 0 0 0 2428 141 66
Polk CI 20 0 0 0 1063 210 39
Putnam CI 1 0 0 0 2 0 11
RMC 11 114 4 1 1972 324 173
Santa Rosa CI 0 0 1 0 1744 808 171
SFRC 119 39 1 0 2100 204 164
South Bay CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
0 0 0 0 2042 421 88
Sumter CI 0 142 1 0 71 107 55
Suwannee CI 2 0 0 0 1112 884 128
Taylor CI 0 0 0 0 1481 710 41
Tomoka CI 4 196 3 1 99 140 36
Union CI 0 0 0 0 1722 189 87
Wakulla CI 0 15 0 0 2597 269 180
Walton CI 0 399 316 4 1109 336 66
Zephyrhills CI 0 58 2 2 46 1 29
Community Corrections Region 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 32
Community Corrections Region 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 31
Community Corrections Region 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 80
Community Corrections Region 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 63
Central Office N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2
Totals 539 2270 420 13 67500 17021 3845

*For follow up information, please contact the Department of Management Services, who manages private prison contracts.

Updated:
12/02/20
Inmates Cleared from Medical Isolation
  16,414 (96%)

Inmates Cleared from Medical Isolation refers to the number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been cleared by their treating clinician following CDC guidance to return to appropriate housing based on their care and custody requirements.

Please note: Inmates move in and out of security quarantine, medical quarantine and medical isolation on a continual basis, based on direction from FDC health services staff. These statistics are updated daily and are a snapshot of the situation at the time information was reported. Changes in these statistics that occur later the same day will be reflected in the next update.

Security Quarantine column refers to the number of inmates who have been separated because they have been recently transferred to the correctional facility. These inmates are asymptomatic and entering the facility from outside court, a community/work release center, county jail, etc. Security quarantine is a precautionary measure. Medical staff monitor these inmates to ensure no inmates show symptoms of illness. At the conclusion of security quarantine, inmates are moved to the general population.

Medical Quarantine column refers to the number of inmates who have been separated because they may have had close contact with a person who has tested positive or exhibited symptoms of an infectious illness, to determine whether they develop symptoms. All inmates in medical quarantine are monitored by health services staff and receive temperature checks twice a day for signs of fever. If an inmate begins experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19, FDC will place the inmate in medical isolation and a COVID-19 test will be administered.

Medical Isolation column refers to the number of inmates who have been separated because they are suspected or presenting symptoms of an infectious illness. To prevent contact with others and reduce the risk of transmission, these inmates are placed in medical isolation and are tested for COVID-19.

Pending column refers to the number of COVID-19 tests that have been administered to inmates and are waiting for results.

Negative column refers to the number of COVID-19 tests that have been administered and have returned with a negative result. Inmates who have tested negative for COVID-19 are placed in an appropriate housing status based on their care and custody requirements.

Positive column refers to the number of individual inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19. These inmates are placed in medical isolation under the care of their treating clinician. Inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 receive the appropriate level of care based on their individual treatment needs. This column may include inmates who are being treated by an outside medical provider. Inmates who have tested positive will remain in medical isolation until they are recovered. Once recovered, these inmates will be moved into appropriate housing based on their care and custody requirements.

FDC has 145 facilities statewide, including 50 correctional institutions, seven private partner facilities, 17 annexes, 34 work camps, three re-entry centers, 12 FDC-operated work release centers, 18 private work release centers, two road prisons, one forestry camp and one basic training camp.

Staff COVID-19 Statistics

Staff Testing Statistics
Updated: 12/02/20
Cleared to Return to Work
  3,567 (93%)

Staff refers to individuals in the employee sector that have contact with the inmate or offender population.

Cleared to Return to Work refers to staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, who have been cleared to return to work following CDC and DOH guidelines.

Information on Testing

FDC’s testing priorities closely align with recommendations from the CDC and current treatment protocols established by the Florida Department of Health.

If an inmate begins experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19 they will be placed in medical isolation. All inmates in medical isolation are tested for COVID-19 and are monitored by health services staff.

FDC has also conducted institution-wide testing when it is indicated by a positive inmate, in line with evolving CDC guidance. FDC has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing to all inmates and staff members at:

  • Apalachee CI
  • Avon Park CI
  • Baker CI
  • Bay CF -
    Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
  • Blackwater CF -
    Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
  • Calhoun CI
  • Central Florida Reception Center
  • Century CI
  • Charlotte CI
  • Columbia CI
  • Cross City CI
  • Dade CI
  • Desoto Annex
  • Everglades CI
  • Franklin CI
  • Florida State Prison
  • Florida Women's Reception Center
  • Gadsden Re-Entry Center
  • Gadsden CF - Operated by MTC.*
  • Graceville CF -
    Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
  • Gulf CI
  • Hamilton CI
  • Hardee CI
  • Holmes CI
  • Homestead CI
  • Jackson CI
  • Jefferson CI
  • Lake CI
  • Lake City CF -
    Operated by CoreCivic.*
  • Lancaster CI
  • Liberty CI
  • Lowell CI
  • Madison CI
  • Marion CI
  • Mayo CI
  • Moore Haven CF -
    Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
  • New River CI
  • Northwest Florida Reception Center
  • Okaloosa CI
  • Okeechobee CI
  • Polk CI
  • Reception and Medical Center
  • Santa Rosa CI
  • South Bay CF -
    Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
  • South Florida Reception Center
  • Suwanee CI
  • Taylor CI
  • Union CI
  • Wakulla CI

Sample testing of asymptomatic inmates in medical quarantine who are elderly, have a compromised immune system and/or preexisting medical condition are being conducted.

Information on Inmate COVID-19 Deaths

Updated:
12/02/20
COVID-19 Related
Inmate Deaths
  189

As the health care provider for inmates, FDC cannot release information that could lead to the identity of the inmate or disclose the inmate’s protected health information.

FDC is releasing information on deaths of inmates who tested positive for COVID-19. The district Medical Examiner is responsible for determining the cause of death for any person who dies in a prison, and that determination is releasable by the Medical Examiner. If the Medical Examiner determines COVID-19 was not a contributing factor of a previously reported death, it will be removed.

All in-custody deaths in state correctional facilities are listed on the Department’s Inmate Mortality website.

The Florida Department of Health reports the locations of individuals who have died in a facility following a COVID-19 test. For more information visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov. If the Medical Examiner determines COVID-19 was not a contributing factor of a previously reported death, it will be removed.

Information Regarding Correctional Institution Staff

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, FDC will not identify the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities. Staff may be employed by FDC or one of its contractors. Any employee who is symptomatic, or who has tested positive for COVID-19, will not be allowed entry to a correctional institution. The employee will not be allowed to return to work until a full recovery is documented by a medical professional and DOH and CDC guidelines are followed. Additional questions regarding these individuals (gender, age, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Information on Offenders on Probation

Offenders living in the community will not be included in this reporting. If an offender on community supervision tests positive for COVID-19, they will work directly with their probation officer on reporting requirements. See the steps FDC Community Corrections is taking to keep offenders and staff safe here.

FDC Response to Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases

FDC’s Office of Health Services, institutional medical staff and institutional operations staff work hand-in-hand with the Florida Department of Health to quickly engage and resolve infectious disease outbreaks as soon as they occur. FDC’s primary goal is ensuring the health, safety and security of FDC staff and the inmates in our care and custody.

  • If an inmate presents to medical staff with symptoms indicative of COVID-19, medical staff will place the inmate in medical isolation will be administered a COVID-19 test.
  • Medical co-pays for inmates who are experiencing respiratory symptoms are being waived. Inmates are never denied medical treatment for the inability to pay a co-pay.
  • With every positive case of COVID-19, a trace-back contact investigation is conducted to determine if additional staff or inmates need to be tested due to close contact risk factors. This investigation will also determine the need to place inmates in medical quarantine.
  • Staff members who test positive for COVID-19 will not return to work until a full recovery is documented by a medical professional and Florida DOH and CDC guidelines are followed.
  • Inmates will be separated from general population until they have been medically cleared by an onsite medical professional.
  • While inmates are in medical quarantine or medical isolation, they still have access to restrooms, showers and medical care. Meals are provided to the inmates within their housing units.

FDC COVID-19 Action Items

  • FDC has dedicated staff members trained in the prevention and containment of infectious diseases and has initiated its Incident Command System in response to COVID-19.
  • FDC’s Office of Health Services coordinates with the Florida Department of Health for guidance on any type of outbreak and is closely monitoring new information as it is disseminated from Florida DOH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • FDC Community Corrections officers are working with offenders on supervision to adjust reporting schedules to minimize congregating at probation offices and prevent the spread of COVID-19. See the steps FDC Community Corrections is taking to keep offenders and staff safe here.
  • Community Corrections transitioned to a broader operational footing and resumed in-person reporting for high risk offenders. Probation Officers perform mission critical activities in the office setting in addition to the field monitoring and supervision activities; safety of staff and offenders remain paramount.
  • Following the State of Emergency issued in response to COVID-19 in Florida, FDC suspended visitation at all correctional institutions statewide. See press release. Modified visitation resumed October 2. See press release.Modified visitation resumed October 2. See press release.
  • FDC has partnered with vendors to provide some complimentary phone and video visitation services. See press release.
  • Anyone entering a correctional institution is screened in accordance with Federal, State and Department guidelines.
  • In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, as recommended by the CDC, program services have been temporarily adjusted, to include academic education, career and technical education, substance use treatment and limited chaplaincy services.
  • Inmate dining has been adjusted to stagger seating and meal times to maximize social distancing.
  • Medical co-pays for inmates who are experiencing respiratory symptoms are being waived. Inmates are never denied medical treatment for the inability to pay a co-pay.
  • Transfer of inmates between institutions has been reduced, and only transfers deemed necessary to support department operations are occurring.
  • New inmate commitments from county jails go through additional screening and 14-day security quarantine before placement within general population. More information here.
  • All Community Release Centers have suspended furloughs for inmates, in order to limit the inmate population’s exposure to the public.
  • Education has been provided to staff and inmates to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Precautions are in place at facilities to protect inmates and staff from exposure to COVID-19; preventative measures are being followed per CDC recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The well-being of all who live and work in an FDC institution is of the utmost importance to FDC. Many measures are in place to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

FDC is closely aligned with CDC Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities.

FDC is committed to providing accurate data regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases within the inmate population and within the employee sector that has contact with the inmate or offender population.

  • What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

    Isolation separates people who have or are showing potential symptoms of a contagious disease or virus, from people who do not.

    Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease or virus to see if they become sick.

  • What is a contact investigation?

    When public health workers investigate whether a disease has spread, it is called a contact investigation. For COVID-19, this generally starts with an interview of the person who has tested positive. Questions are asked such as places they have been and a list of people who may have had close contact with them. CDC considers a close contact someone who was within about six feet of someone with COVID-19 for a long period or had direct contact with infectious secretions of a person with coronavirus — such as being coughed on.

  • What is an Incident Command System?

    An Incident Command System (ICS) is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient incident management by bringing together a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure. At FDC, the ICS has daily meetings, which include agency leaders, to discuss emerging and ongoing issues, prioritize resources, streamline distribution of necessary equipment and implement solutions to issues that arise as a result of the COVID-19 health emergency.

  • What does “restricted movement” mean?

    Restricted movement means something different for each situation. There is no “one size fits all” answer – FDC personnel address each situation differently, while following established infectious disease protocols. Generally, recreation and canteen services continue to be offered within the parameters of movement restrictions.

    If an entire dorm is placed on restricted movement, inmates within that dorm are separated from the general population and take meals within their housing unit. Inmates still have access to all of their property, including a JPay tablet, if they possess one and canteen services continue to be provided .

  • Are prisons be equipped with sanitizing stations for inmates?

    Yes, all inmates have access to hand soap and water. Hand soap is available in inmate restrooms. Health items, such as toilet paper and soap, are replenished as needed. Education has also been issued for inmates instructing them to wash their hands frequently and follow CDC guidelines for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

    Hand sanitizer is classified as contraband because of the high alcohol content and the possibility for abuse. All inmates have access to soap and water. CDC recommends using soap and water, and only when that is not available, hand sanitizer.

  • Are correctional officers being screened?

    Yes, correctional officers are screened prior to entry into all correctional institutions.

    FDC has implemented enhanced screening protocols for all employees, contract staff and any others who enter any correctional institution.

    Anyone, including staff, will be denied entry if they:

    • Have traveled internationally, to an area with substantial community spread (such as Louisiana, Connecticut, New York or New Jersey) or on a cruise within the last 14 days.
    • Have signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection such as fever (99.6 degrees or higher), cough or shortness of breath.
    • Have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 or is currently under DOH investigation for COVID-19.

    If a corrections officer or other institution staff member or contractor fails screening, they will be denied entry pending a review by institutional leadership to determine if medical clearance is necessary for entry.

    FDC employees may use accrued personal leave (sick, annual, personal, comp) if they are unable to telework during self-isolation or quarantine following close contact with an individual who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Procedures have been established by Governor DeSantis and the Department of Management Services to enable employees to donate leave if a state employee does not have any accrued leave.

  • Is re-test data included in FDC’s statistics?

    Re-test data is included in FDC numbers. The testing numbers reported out each day are cumulative. If an inmate was tested in April and then tested in May, both of those tests will appear in our data. If an inmate tests negative but is re-tested and tests positive (or negative), those tests are both included in the figures we report out. Re-test data is not currently aggregated for statistical purposes. It should also be noted that although inmate transfers have been severely limited, inmate movement still is occurring, as such, the inmate population is a fluid number and does not contain all of the same individuals at any two given times.

    The goal of providing daily updates on this website is to provide transparency to the general public regarding FDC’s COVID-19 response efforts and to inform the public as to the current status of COVID-19 within the inmate population and the employee sector that has contact with the inmate or offender populations. FDC’s data is not meant to provide statistical insight into COVID-19. Comparing the rate of positive inmates to that of the general population is extremely flawed as FDC’s population does not mirror the general population of Florida. The correctional environment consists of large group housing and shared spaces, unlike that of the general population.

    The primary responsibility and focus of FDC’s Office of Health Services is to provide medical treatment and care to inmates in custody. All staff resources are dedicated to these efforts. Testing is being expanded at institutions with known positive COVID-19 cases in order for FDC to focus medical personnel and services to inmates with the greatest need. Voluntary testing of staff at these locations is also being conducted.

    The Florida Department of Health is the lead agency in Florida for collecting and reporting information regarding COVID-19. General information and statistics regarding COVID-19 positive patients, separated by county, is available at www.floridahealthcovid19.gov. Questions on positivity rates should be directed to the Florida Department of Health. FDC reports all testing results to the Florida DOH.

  • Are correctional officers taking any precautions?

    Cloth face coverings are being produced and distributed to staff and the inmate population. Cloth face coverings or masks are required to be worn. FDC staff have been authorized to wear personal face coverings while inside facilities. See press release.

    Education and guidance have been provided to staff regarding infection control policies and procedures to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in correctional institutions, including following CDC guidelines:

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Stay home if you are feeling ill.
  • Are staff and inmates being given necessary supplies in order to protect themselves?

    FDC is exercising caution to keep the inmate population safe. All staff and inmates have been issued and are required to wear cloth face coverings. Correctional officers have access to latex gloves at all times. Masks are provided when indicated in accordance with infectious disease protocols. FDC has been actively monitoring and assessing institutions to ensure inmates and staff have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to immediately address any potential COVID-19 exposures. Surgical-grade masks, N95 masks, eye protection and Tyvek suits are available at institutions for proper PPE utilization by staff treating inmates.

  • What are Florida correctional institutions doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

    FDC’s Office of Health Services continues to work closely with DOH. FDC is diligently monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Dedicated staff members who are trained in the prevention and containment of infectious diseases have created evolving response plans based on ongoing developments.

    As a precautionary measure, FDC’s emergency operation center is activated and fully prepared to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. FDC has longstanding outbreak management plans in place to address communicable disease outbreaks, as well as preparedness procedures to address a variety of medical emergencies.

    FDC receives constant guidance on any type of outbreak and are closely monitoring new information as it is disseminated from DOH and CDC. FDC will continue to ensure inmate safety and security, and the continuation of access to health services for those in FDC custody. In addition to these measures, FDC has modified inmate movement within institutions to limit the amount of social mixing between groups of inmates. For instance, inmates are now dining, recreating and attending programming with other inmates housed within their dorm. Every effort to limit dorms interacting with one another is being taken.

    See a comprehensive breakdown of all of the proactive measures FDC has taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Florida’s prison system.

  • Are inmates being identified who may have been in contact with someone who tested positive and if so, what steps have been taken to protect those inmates?

    FDC’s Office of Health Services, institutional medical staff and institutional operations staff work to conduct trace back investigations and isolation and quarantine measures are taken in accordance with FDC’s infectious disease protocols, CDC and DOH recommendations.

  • What steps are taken to ensure inmates receive testing?

    If an inmate begins experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19, FDC medical staff will immediately engage with the county health department and place the inmate in medical isolation. All inmates in medical isolation are tested for COVID-19 and are monitored by health services staff.

  • Does FDC have adequate testing capacity?

    Yes. Sufficient test kits are available so recommended testing procedures can be followed.

  • How is the FDC ensuring adequate officer staffing in the event that a large amount of officers test positive?

    FDC has a plan in place as a precautionary measure if a large-scale officer absence were to take place. All FDC staff have been provided educational guidance on how to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19.

  • What happens if an inmate tests positive?

    In the case of a positive test result for COVID-19, FDC, in coordination with the county health department, initiates contact investigations and isolation and quarantine measures are taken in accordance with FDC’s infectious disease protocols, CDC and DOH recommendations.

    • Inmates in medical isolation, at infirmary or otherwise under ongoing medical care receive frequent health monitoring at the discretion of their treating clinician.
    • Symptomatic inmates will not be allowed to move in and out of their dormitory until they have been medically cleared by an onsite health professional.
    • Only essential staff will be allowed to enter the institution and no inmates will transfer in or out.
    • While inmates are in medical isolation or quarantine, they still have access to washrooms, showers and medical care. Meals are provided to the inmates within their housing units.

    An inmate’s treating clinician at the institution manages his or her care and can assess the needs of the patient as the care plan evolves. If an inmate needs outside medical care, they will receive it. FDC medical facilities are more extensive and complete than an outside general practitioner facility and include an infirmary, FDC hospital, pharmacy services and in-patient care units.

    Ensuring inmates incarcerated in Florida’s prisons receive all necessary medical and behavioral treatment is one of FDC’s core constitutional responsibilities. FDC assures an appropriate level of health care is provided to all inmates and FDC’s medical provider is held accountable for care in line with evolving national standards.

  • Will FDC be releasing inmates early?

    FDC does not have the legal authority to release inmates prior to completion of their sentence. FDC ensures inmates serve their court-ordered sentence in accordance with Florida law. Information regarding conditional medical release can be found on the website of the Florida Commission on Offender Review.

  • Are inmates allowed to go about their normal schedules?

    FDC has modified inmate movement within institutions to limit the amount of social mixing between groups of inmates. For instance, inmates are now only dining, recreating and attending programming with inmates housed within their dorm. Every effort to limit dorms interacting with one another is being taken. Canteen services continue to be provided to the inmate population.

  • What is FDC doing to protect pregnant inmates?

    Specific guidance from the CDC is limited at this time. Education for inmates has been issued instructing them to wash their hands frequently and follow CDC guidelines for the prevention of the spread of infections:

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Let a member of the staff know if you or someone you know has symptoms including a fever and cough or shortness of breath.

    FDC has an outbreak management plan and has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. All state prisons and facilities are bolstering response readiness by educating and encouraging social distancing and initiating additional cleaning measures.

  • Are you enforcing screening protocols for inmates in work release programs?

    Inmates assigned to work release will continue their work assignments. Inmates have been advised regarding CDC guidelines for social distancing, hand washing and increased cleaning. Upon returning to the facility after their work assignment, inmates will undergo screening for entrance into the facility. If an inmate fails the screening protocol, they will be placed in a separated area to avoid possible transmission of COVID-19 to other inmates and staff and immediately be referred to FDC’s Health Services.

  • Have there been any changes within community corrections?

    Offenders living in the community will not be included in this reporting. If an offender on community supervision tests positive for COVID-19, they will work directly with their probation officer on reporting requirements. See the steps FDC Community Corrections is taking to keep offenders and staff safe here.

Resources

Ensuring inmates incarcerated in Florida’s prisons receive medical and behavioral treatment is one of FDC’s core constitutional responsibilities. FDC ensures an appropriate level of health care is provided to all inmates and FDC’s medical provider is held accountable for care in line with evolving national standards.