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COVID-19 (Corona Virus)

August 27, 2020 SPU Non-Contact Visitation Requirements and ScheduleAdobe Acrobat

August 5, 2020 Update Privileged Non-Contact Visitation Requirements and ScheduleAdobe Acrobat

July 31, 2020 Update - For the latest information about visitation at all locations Adobe Acrobat

June 9, 2020 Update - Attorney Client Non-Contact Visitation Adobe Acrobat

 

 

Thank you to our staff and residents for continuing to go above and beyond to keep our facilities clean and safe! All of your hard work is appreciated!

Photo of staff and residents cleaning at our facilities

COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does the NHDOC operate the county jails or federal prisons?

No, the NHDOC has jurisdiction over the New Hampshire State Prison for Men (NHSP-M), the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women (NHCFW), the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility (NNHCF), the Transitional Work Center (TWC) and the Transitional Housing Units (Calumet, North End and Shea Farm). County jails are operated by the individual counties. Federal prisons are operated by the federal government – Bureau of prisons. For more information on the counties in the State of New Hampshire, go to www.nhcounties.org/.  For more information on the federal prisons, go to https://www.bop.gov/.

How is the NHDOC keeping the facilities sanitized?

The Department has always been regimented in keeping facilities sanitized. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we began in early March, at all NHDOC facilities, to engage in additional sanitization measures above the already elevated measures in place due to cold and flu season. We ensured the disinfectant used in all our facilities - in addition to bleach - is effective against COVID-19.

What are the steps in place if staff or residents show signs of COVID-19?

If a staff member shows any symptom of COVID 19 - fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, repeated shaking with chills, new loss of taste and/or smell, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea OR a temperature of over 100.0F that staff member shall be referred to the designated medical screener for clearance. If they have two of the above COVID-19 symptoms and NO fever, they shall be referred to the designated medical screener.


If a staff member indicates on the screening form they have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or has been contacted by Public Health due to close contact to self-monitor and quarantine based on CDC guidance, that staff member will be directed to go home and


a. call their healthcare provider or
b. call their HR representative if they do not have symptoms but need to quarantine due to close contact or travel.

If a staff member has traveled outside of the NH, they will be asked where and their answer will be triaged in partnership with human resources and in line with NH Public Health’s guidance on critical infrastructure employees.


Residents who show any sign of COVID-19 will be isolated and will be attended to by a medical staff member.  The NHDOC utilizes the recommended functions of quarantine and medical isolation as outlined in CDC guidance and has plans by facility based on physical plant.

How does the NHDOC determine which residents are tested for COVID-19?

In accordance with CDC guidelines, the NHDOC is currently testing residents who are symptomatic and any resident identified during contact-tracing to have had close, prolonged contact with an infected person.  The NHDOC is in regular communication with NH Public Health for consultation to determine when if appropriate to engage in surveillance testing or point prevalence testing. The NHDOC is in constant examination of testing strategies with residents for COVID-19.

Who will receive face masks?

Staff, will be provided and required at a minimum to wear a surgical mask during their full duty shift. NHDOC follows the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) Table established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in the guidelines established for Correctional and Detention Faciliites.  Highlights from the Table indicate:

facemask graphic

NHDOC has supplied all residents with their own fabric face coverings and provides replacements as needed due to normal wear and tear.

Issuance of face coverings for residents

What are the requirements for administrative home confinement (AHC) during the COVID-19 crisis?

The requirements for AHC have not changed. Residents must meet all requirements of PPD 805.01 for consideration. The PPD is available to residents on their tablets.

Can residents be released on medical parole?

In accordance with RSA 651-A:10-a, the Commissioner and the Director of Medical and Forensic services may recommend to the Adult Parole Board, individuals who meet the conditions for medical parole.

How is the NHDOC engaging in physical distancing?

The Department has implemented the recommendations as outlined by the CDC for Correctional and Detention Facilities and made operational adjustments accordingly to include but not limited to:

  • Increased space between individuals waiting in lines and waiting areas, adjusting locations of waiting to larger spaces, moved furniture apart when not affixed to the floor.
  • Created recreational opportunities where individuals can spread out.
  • Stagger time in recreation spaces and schedule them by living unit.
  • Reduce number allowed in groups at one time to 10 or under.
  • Adjusted meal times and movements.
  • Implemented alternatives as appropriate to existing group activities.
  • Rearrange schedule movements to minimize mixing of individuals from different housing areas.

What is being done for the medically higher-risk residents in custody?

In addition to increasing sanitization within facilities, staff are amplifying efforts to both monitor and reduce potential exposure and transmission of the virus. Individuals who demonstrate symptoms will be provided with PPE as medically directed, and either quarantined, medically isolated, or transferred to a hospital. A medical team has identified higher-risk residents and providing regular recommendations to adjust operations.

June 26, 2020 Discontinuation of cell feeds for high risk residents

Cell feeds for high risk residents


Does the NHDOC have a plan to quarantine individuals should there be a positive case in any of the facilities?

Yes, the facilities have plans in place if we have positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 to engage in medical isolation or quarantine as appropriate to the case. CDC has published guidance on the difference between the two and NHDOC has adopted these principles and works in consultation with NH Public Health when and if these situations arise throughout this pandemic.

What steps are you taking to protect staff and residents?

Snapshot of Preventative Measures - Posted June 4, 2020

The NHDOC is taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. Including but not limited to:

  • Providing COVID-19 screenings including temperature checks of all individuals entering NHDOC prison facilities and the Secure Psychiatric Unit.
  • Enhancing sanitization and providing employees and residents access to sanitization products.
  • Adhering to the CDC's physical distancing guidelines in prison activities.
  • Restricting transfers from other correctional facilities.
  • Suspending direct contact visitations and volunteers.
  • Provided 2 fabric face coverings to all residents.
  • Converted to digital parole hearings.

    June 9, 2020 Update - Attorney Client Non-Contact Visitation Adobe Acrobat

    Attorney Client Communication Adobe Acrobat

    Video visitation instructions pdf version below

    Video Visitation Instructions Adobe Acrobat

Is the NHDOC looking at national trends in corrections for guidance?

The NHDOC has aligned with CDC guidelines and collaborates with NH Public Health We are also monitoring NH DHHS publications and other public health resources to assist us in making quick and responsive operational adjustments with a focus on the health and wellness of our staff and residents.

 

 

 

NHDOC COVID-19 Testing Information / Staff
 

Worksite

# Staff Positive

NHCF-W

3

NNHCF

2

NHSP-M

23

TWC & THU's*

2

SPU & RTU

9

Field Services**  

5

All other staff worksites***

0

Staff Total

44

Staff Currently Testing Positive
24

NHDOC COVID-19 Testing Information / Resident

Facility
# Residents Tested ****
# Residents Positive
NHCF-W
16
0
NNHCF
9
0
NHSP-M
131
3
TWC & THU's
7
0
SPU / RTU
112
10
Tests conducted at the request of community healthcare providers before a community healthcare appointment. *****
114
0
Resident Total
389
13
Residents Currently Testing Positive
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12

Table data as of December 2, 2020

Total Number of NHDOC Staff = 827 as of November 25, 2020

Total Resident Population = 2152 as of December 2, 2020

December 2, 2020

A Field Services PPO who last worked December 1st, reported a positive test on December 2, 2020. This individual will remain out of the work place until medically cleared.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 22nd , reported a positive test on December 1, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

November 30, 2020

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 29th, reported a positive test on November 29, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 27rd, reported a positive test on November 28, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 26th, reported a positive test on November 29, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A SPU staff member who last worked November 25th, reported a positive test on November 26, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

An SPU staff member who last worked November 24th, reported a positive test on November 25, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 24th, reported a positive test on November 28, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 24th, reported a positive test on November 27, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 23rd, reported a positive test on November 27, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NHCF-W staff member who last worked November 18th, reported a positive test on November 26, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

November 25, 2020

A NNHCF staff member who last worked November 12th, reported a positive test on November 25, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

November 24, 2020

An SPU staff member who last worked November 24th, reported a positive test on November 24, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 15th, reported a positive test on November 24, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

November 23, 2020

An SPU staff member who last worked November 20th, reported a positive test on November 22, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A contracted NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 20th, reported a positive test on November 22, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until cleared.

November 20, 2020

A TWC/THU staff member who last worked November 13th, reported a positive test on November 20, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A TWC/THU staff member who last worked November 13th, reported a positive test on November 20, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NNHCF staff member who last worked November 13th, reported a positive test on November 20, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 20th, reported a positive test on November 20, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work November 30, 2020.

November 19, 2020

A SPU staff member who last worked November 18th, reported a positive test on November 19, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A SPU staff member who last worked November 18th, reported a positive test on November 19, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A NHCF-M staff member who last worked November 19th, reported a positive test on November 19, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work November 28, 2020.

November 18, 2020

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 14th, reported they tested positive on November 18, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work November 27, 2020.

A SPU staff member who last worked November 14th, reported they tested positive on November 17, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared.

A SPU staff member who last worked November 17th, reported they tested positive on November 17, 2020. This individual will remain out of the workplace until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work November 30, 2020.

November 16, 2020

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked November 13th, reported that they tested positive on November 14, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared.

A SPU staff member who last worked November 11th, reported that they tested positive on November 13, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work November 21, 2020.

November 12, 2020

A Field Services PPO who last worked November 10th, reported that they tested positive on November 12, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared.This staff member was cleared to return to work November 21, 2020.

November 10, 2020

A NHCF-W staff member who last worked October 20th, reported that they tested positive on November 10, 2020. This staff member was cleared to return to work November 12, 2020.

October 8, 2020

A NHSP-M administrative staff member who last worked October 7, 2020 reported that they tested positive on October 8, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on October 16, 2020

May 27, 2020

New Hampshire Department of Corrections’ Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

April 21, 2020

A Field Services PPO who last worked April 16th was tested April 20th and received a positive test result April 21, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on May 5, 2020

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked April 17th, 2020 reported a positive test result on April 20, 2020 from a test conducted April 17, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on May 8, 2020

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked April 20th, 2020 reported a positive test result on April 21, 2020 from a test conducted April 17, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on May 2, 2020

April 20, 2020

A Field Services PPO who last worked April 16th was tested April 19th and received a positive test result April 20, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on May 11, 2020

April 18, 2020

A Field Services PPO who last worked April 17th was tested later that day and received a positive test result April 18, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared.This staff member was cleared to return to work on May 7, 2020

April 17, 2020

A NHSP-M staff member working April 17th became symptomatic, left the facility and tested positive later that day. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on May 2, 2020.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked April 16th, 2020 reported a positive test result on April 17, 2020 from a test conducted April 17, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on April 22, 2020.

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked April 13, 2020 reported a positive test result on April 16, 2020 from a test conducted April 14, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on April 23, 2020.

April 14, 2020

A NHSP-M staff member who last worked April 10, 2020 reported a positive test result on April 14, 2020 from a test conducted April 11, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on May 5, 2020

April 9, 2020

A NHCF-W staff member who last worked March 26, 2020 reported a positive test result on April 9, 2020 from a test conducted April 8, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on April 16, 2020.

April 6, 2020

A NHSP-M staff member who had last worked March 25, 2020 and was turned away due to the screening process on April 1, 2020 reported that they tested positive on April 3, 2020. The individual will remain out of the workplace and will not return until medically cleared. This staff member was cleared to return to work on April 22, 2020.

* Transitional Work Center / Transitional Housing Units (Shea Farm, Calumet House, North End House)

** Residents on Probation and Parole (Field Services) would get tested in the community therefore no data is available.

*** All other worksites (e.g. headquarters, warehouse)

**** Residents are only tested when they present with symptoms outlined per the CDC guidelines or have been identified during contact-tracing to have had close, prolonged contact with an infected person.

***** Community healthcare required tests will not be tracked by facility as this would pose a security risk.

Thank you letter from resident

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